Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
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Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

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In this remarkable volume of poetry for two voices, a companion to "I Am Pheonix," Paul Fleischman verbally re-creates the "Booming / boisterous / joyful noise" of insects. The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. Eric Beddow's vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way.Paul Fleis...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 1st 1988 by HarperCollins (first published 1988)
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As a literacy Coach, I am constantly being told about and asked for resources that will address specific components of reading.

It saddens and frustrates me when awesome books like this one are overlooked while dry/mundane/BORING "fluency" programs are being passed around and sucked up like pixie sticks at a pre-schoolers birthday party.

These poems are soooooo cool and interesting and fun. You can not help but to sound great as a readers when performing them with a parner. One of my favorite mom...more
I haven't read these poems since I was in college, and I love them! I am in awe at the cleverness of Fleischman, to write for two voices. You can practically hear both voices in your head as you read them. I also listened to them on CD and that was a great thing, as well. This is some good poetry!
Tracey Demario
This 1989 Newbery Award Winner is such fun to read. The poems can be enjoyed by children from birth up through high school (N-A). Each poem is about a different insect, and, as the title suggests, is meant to be read by two people. Each one delightfully captures the essence of each insect. While the poems still work when being read silently, the real magic happens when the poems are read aloud. My daughter and I tried a few, and although it is tricky at first, once the rhythm and pace get going,...more
Debbie Reiber
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman is a book of poems. This book won the John Newberry medal in 1989. The age group this book is intended for is intermediate. The book is full of poems about insects and is meant to be read by two readers. I listened to the audio version and followed along with the book.
I like the two voices together in harmony; I, especially, enjoyed when the lines were in rounds. The rhythm in the reading was expressed well with two voices, but also showed on...more
Evan Taylor
“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.” -Carl Sandburg

I strongly believe that poetry is to be read aloud and not in silence and solitude. Paul Freishman’s Joyful Noise is created for this type of reading. The book is laid out so that two people can read through the poem together, there is no poem in this book that is made for one person to read silently by themselves. On each page the stanzas have been broken up...more
Mary Ward
Paul Fliechman's book Joyful Noise is a collection of poems meant to be read by two voices. The collection of poems focuses on the theme of insects such as digger wasps, honey bees, and fireflies. Each poem is describes the life of the particular insect through creative rhythm. I enjoyed this book. Although I read it in my head, using my imagination to predict how the author envisioned the two voices to read the poems, I found each poem lively. If performed appropriately, I can almost guarantee...more
Esther Barajikian
"Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices," is a Newbery Medal winning collection of poems written by Paul Fleischman. This whimsical compilation of verses that are designed to be read to two readers simultaneously, tells about the characteristics and activities of several interesting insects. The illustrations by Eric Beddows are beautiful pencil drawings that present the various characters soaring, spinning, and creeping amongst the pages.

I rated the book with 4 stars because it was a delightful cha...more
Have you ever sat outside at dusk, far away from the city lights, and soaked in the sounds of nature? The insect serenade is calming, a kind of joyful noise in its own right.

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices is a collection of 14 poems about insects - from grasshoppers and fireflies to house crickets and book lice. They are meant to be read simultaneously by "Two Voices" in verse that always compliments and frequently overlaps.

I have a daughter who loves to read poetry and we had a great time r...more
Brandi Smith
This collection of poetry won the Newbery Award in 1989. It's audience spans from birth to age 18(N-A). Each poem is about a different insect and divided into columns so that it can easily be read by two people.
I was immediately drawn to the idea of two people reciting a poem together. I thought it might be something fun to do with my 3 year old, and, with that in mind decided to review this book. The collection is very cohesive. The illustrations, while beautifully detailed do not, in my opinio...more
Michael Scotto
There is something
about a book that
demands to be
enjoyed with a friend.enjoyed with a friend....more
Alyssa Prater
Joyful Noise is a collection of 14 poems, each about a different insect. The poetry, accompanied by illustrations evokes the emotions of each bug, bringing their personalities’ to life. It is subtitled Poems for Two Voices reflects the format of each poem; written in two columns making them perfect for two readers.

The natural rhythms and emotions evoked by the words, clearly places this book into the genre of poetry. These poems allow the reader to create images of the insects from a perspectiv...more
Eliza Thomas

"Joyful Noise" is a collection of poems written for two people to read aloud. All of the poems are about insects and provide interesting information in short stanzas. To use this book for instruction, I could put a copy of one of the poems on the projector. I could first model to the class how to read it using a volunteer, and then have the whole class read one part while I read another. This model of instruction allows all students to participate in the reading without making any one stud...more
listened to Joyful Noise on audiobook, because I think the author intended audiences to listen rather than read. The audiobook was fun - the duality of talented voice actors was bouncy and interesting. It was accompanied by bug sounds. The audiobook was paired with a second poetry book of Paul Fleishmann's similar content I Am Phoenix , but about birds rather than bugs. If you enjoyed Joyful Noise, I recommend I Am Phoenix as it's essentially the same. I can imagine these books are both popular...more
This is a really beautiful collection of poems. The rhythms bring the insect subjects to life and benefit from being read aloud by two voices. Some, such as Book Lice, are humorous, while others, such as Digger Wasp, which begins "I will never see my children," appeal to our human senses. The lovely imagery Fleischman creates and Beddows's wonderful illustrations work together well to honor these little winged and/or six-legged creatures.
Kristine Mathias
This is a great book for elementary aged children. It is full of poems that tell a story. They don't necessarily rhyme which I like because so many children's books make it seem that poetry must rhyme. The author uses colorful language that helps to enhance a child's vocabulary and will hopefully provoke them to ask questions about what it means. All of the poems in the book are about insects and each poem has tone that matches each insect it is discussing. Grasshoppers is one of my favorites in...more
Lizeth Velazquez
Fleischman, Paul. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices (1988). This children's poetry is in the form of drama anthology where two people read. One person reads the left side and the second person reads the right side. However, there are moments when both read at the same time the same words and other moments each one gets to read different words at the very same time to make for drama. I've not always been into poetry but this drama anthology format did appeal to me. It is sort of like reader's th...more
Shannon Alexander
I found this collection of poems to be very interesting because they are meant to read aloud by 2 different people. Sometimes the voices are alternating and other times they are meant to speak in unison. All of the poems explore the world of insects.

I think this collection of poems would be beneficial for children in several ways. First off, it provides information about insects and shows things in the perspective of the insects. Secondly, it can be used to explore poetry. Since all of the poem...more
Paul Howell
This book is unique in that it is a poetry book about bugs and that it is meant to be read by two people. I thought the bug perspective was unusually playful and at certain times almost sad. Children would have a great time reading this book and it is a good way to teach that poetry is meant to be read out loud.
Angela Kniffen
I am not typically a fan or reader of poems per say. But I loved this book. I ready many of the poems with my children and had them do one side while I did the other. We are all huge music fans in our house and to some extent it was almost like singing.

I enjoyed that the poems were about insects and the witty humor in them. I especially liked the "book lice" and the quote about "passing my youth in an Agatha Christie"

Very good for elementary children and contained vocabulary that was understan...more
Justin Ferrell
Poetry, 1988

Joyful Noise is a poetry book that is meant to be read aloud with a partner. Each poem is about a type of insect and has great sketches. This looks like it would be a lot of fun for two students to read together, but it also means it would be difficult for any independent reading. I will admit, I had trouble reading some by myself. The text is separated into two columns, each student reading from one. At some points only one student is reading, while there are other lines where they...more
Rachel Smith
I am a Texas college student devoted to reading and writing books, and my mother, Debbie, is over 30 years older than me trekking a different walk of life. When we discovered this book, we read it together...
What a style! I had never read poems quite like these before (though I am sure there are some out there). This book was not only interesting, taking the reader down to the world of insects, but interactive, requiring two voices instead of one. This is precisely the kind of book that can be...more
Jodie Greene
This is a book of poems that is meant to be read aloud by two readers. One reader takes the right part, one reader takes the left part, when the parts are on the same line, they are read together. A note at the beginning says, “the poems should be read from top to bottom, the two parts meshing as in a musical duet.” The book contains 14 poems about different insects ranging from grasshoppers to honeybees. The pages are filled with detailed black a white illustrations.

I recommend this book for gr...more
Janndon Evans
Class 1: Children's
Genre: Poetry
Characters: An array of charming insects
Interest Level: Grades 3-5

The combination of witty characters of the bug variety and the duel-reading style that this book of poems demands makes it impossible not to be charmed to pieces. Although I didn't have the pleasure of reading it with an elementary student, the thought of doing so warmed my heart.
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices delivers multiple poems that are narrated by two insects--each poem from a differen...more
William Hiser
Children’s Poetry/Drama Anthology
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Eric Beddows, is a 44 page children’s poetry/drama anthology published by Harper & Row in 1988. It was written for grades 1 -12 (ages 6+), but I think it is more appropriate for grades 7 -12. This is a collection of 14 poems is meant to be read aloud by two people, some of them simultaneously and other alternating the verse. The theme of the poems is insects, either that make an...more
This book is awesome! It is so much fun to read outloud with a friend or sister.
Maybe it would have been better with two people actually reading it aloud.
Joyful Noise is an award winning (John Newbery Medal) book of poems that work well when read aloud by two people. It would be good for 3-6th grade children because some of the words are a little more challenging like requiem, damselflies, chrysalis etc. The poems don't always rhyme which is different than a lot of poems for children. The imagery is abundant and the poems are all about insects which is a fun topic for children. There are illustrations of the creatures in different poses which add...more
I have never considered the world from the point of view of the mayfly or the whirligig beetle. This collection of poetry unveils the inner lives of creatures I often observe in passing, sometimes with just the swat of a hand (I apologize!) or in the case of the firefly, haven't chased since I was young. Poet Paul Fleischman reveals their firsthand accounts of hardship, delight, wonder, doggedness and virtue. Their stories glow with that luminous, magical light I remember capturing and releasing...more
I like this book more each time I read it! Another one of Fleischman's poetry books for multiple voices.... I think this may have been the very first one. And it won the Newbery Medal in 1988. (So I'm not the only one who thinks it is high quality literature!)

So what is so great about it? Besides the arrangement for two voices/choral reading, the thing I really love about this book is his artful/poetic use of the language. This is real poetry...not the fun or interesting word play that sometime...more
Benjamin Miller
I read Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman, which is a specialized individual anthology about different insects. This book is meant to be read by two people at the same time, which makes it so neat because it takes a lot of concentration and interaction. This book is meant for children from Primary all the way up to Advanced, which would be ages 5-18. Children can listen to this book if they are younger, but if they are older they can read it. It can be enjoyed by anyone; it is an amazing tool for t...more
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Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California. The son of well-known children's novelist Sid Fleischman, Paul was in the unique position of having his famous father's books read out loud to him by the author as they were being written. This experience continued throughout his childhood.
Paul followed in his father's footsteps as an author of books for young readers, and in 1982 he released...more
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