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Pond Circle
by Betsy Franco and Stefano Vitale

Overview - On a summer night by a small pond, all seems still. But a closer look reveals a world of activity--mayflies dart, beetles dive, frogs spring, skunks shuffle, and owls swoop. As a young girl watches, the circle of life unfolds. Betsy Franco's rhythmic, cumulative text makes this a lively read-aloud, and rich, luminous paintings by Stefano Vitale capture the bold beauty of nature.  Read more...

 
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Overview
On a summer night by a small pond, all seems still. But a closer look reveals a world of activity--mayflies dart, beetles dive, frogs spring, skunks shuffle, and owls swoop. As a young girl watches, the circle of life unfolds. Betsy Franco's rhythmic, cumulative text makes this a lively read-aloud, and rich, luminous paintings by Stefano Vitale capture the bold beauty of nature. Young readers will be inspired to journey into their own backyards and discover the wonder of the living, breathing world around them.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416940210
  • ISBN-10: 1416940219
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publish Date: June 2009
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Insects, Spiders, etc.
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 45.
  • Review Date: 2009-06-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Rhythmic cadences and a dark palette are paired to explore the shadowy setting and circle of life for creatures that live near a pond. The majority of the book is a cumulative poem—“This is the water/ the deep, still water/ that filled the pond/ by Anna’s house./ This is the algae/ the jade green algae...”—though Franco abandons the format, somewhat awkwardly, with two closing stanzas in Anna’s voice. The algae is eaten by a mayfly nymph, the mayfly by a beetle, and a frog, snake, skunk, owl, raccoon and coyote make appearances, too. The overall tone is matter-of-fact yet lyrical, and Franco’s ending “Facts to Pond-er” offers kid-pleasing details about the book’s creatures. Vitale’s somber, nighttime panoramas—oil on wood, with a strong horizontal grain—feature stylized figures that, while striking, may detach viewers from the insect gobbling and egg stealing described. Anna’s facial expression is static, as if she were a carved figurehead on an ancient ship. Although the text is sometimes difficult to read against the muted paintings, young naturalists and poets will be intrigued nonetheless. Ages 4–8. (June)

 
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