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Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman
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Feb 03, 2012

really liked it
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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 readers and listeners amusement. This book does not contain poems in the traditional sense, it bring poetry to life, and captivated the readers and listeners. In addition to its creative nature, this book is full of fun and knowledgeable insight. I learned so much about common insects I never knew before, and had fun learning it. I would read this book to my students in a heartbeat. It is an excellent book to make science, nature or any other related topic upbeat and fun. Each poem contains at least one detailed black and white picture of the insect described. Each poem made my imagination run wild, I feel it would be unfair to NOT read this book to my classroom.
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message 1: by Lea (new)

Lea Evering Excellent review! This is a great book to use to teach poetry structure and insects. Give an example of what you mean by not containing poems in the traditional sense so that you can address the positive stretch, word play, etc. :)

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