Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman. il by Rick Allen.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company: Boston, 2010.
Caldecott Honor Book 2011

Sidman features meadow and woodland plants and creatures of the night in her poems. All of them are commonly known, and she infuses some greatness into each character. Each also has scientific discussion, interesting details to further the spotlight.

As nice as the poems are, the illustrations seem to me to be the centerpiece. Allen has created intricate linoleum cut prints. Truly gorgeous works of art. My eyes were constantly drawn back as I was trying to read.

It's enough to inspire a trek through the woods, stopping to peer at sights along the way. I confess myself interested in the night life, but too chicken to explore. We have spent some time chasing fireflies, but do not move out of sight of the house. Never into the woods. We have too many visiting creatures, including skunk and predators. I may have to check out the primrose moths at least when the primrose is in bloom, as we have plenty of primrose.

related-children's poetry, night, animals and plants, biology, art, linoleum prints
RL=2nd-3rd, for all ages, read aloud to baby-1st

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