Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems
Author/Illustrator: Joyce Sidman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2005
Brief Summary: A collection poems about pond life, including animals, plants, and insects that are found in that habitat.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, 2006 Winner United States
- Minnesota Book Awards, 2006 Finalist Children’s Picture Book United States
- Mitten Award, 2005 Finalist Non-Fiction Michigan
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2006 Honor Book United States
- Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2005 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Booklist Book Review Stars , Mar. 15, 2005 ; American Library Association
- Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2005 ; American Library Association
- Booklist Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth, 2005 ; Booklist
- Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2005 ; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
- Capitol Choices, 2006 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
- Children’s Books 2005: One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2005 ; New York Public Library
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Editor’s Choice, 2005 ; Kirkus Reviews
- Choices, 2006 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- Horn Book Fanfare, 2005 ; Horn Book
- Kirkus Best Children’s Books , 2005 ; Kirkus Reviews
- Kirkus Book Review Stars, April 1, 2005
- Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, 2006 ; NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly
- Notable Children’s Books, 2006 ; ALSC American Library Association
- Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, 2006 ; National Science Teachers Association
- Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books, 2005 ; Publishers Weekly
- Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, March 28, 2005 ; Cahners
- School Library Journal Best Books, 2005 ; Cahners
- School Library Journal Book Review Stars, July 2005 ; Cahners
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
- Research pond animals, insects, and plants. Research the pond habitat. How does it differ from other types of “water” habitats, such as river, swamp, ocean, etc.?
- Informational reading: read the accompanying information about each animal/plant in the back of the book; supplement with other informational books. Have groups of students make mini books about pond animal/plants using additional facts.
- Discuss poetry — different types of poems…rhyming, concrete, etc.
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library