Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow
Author: Joyce Sidman
Illustrator: Beth Krommes
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2006
Brief Summary: Through beautiful scratchboard illustrations, poems, and informational passages, readers learn about different creatures and plants found on meadows.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Cybil Award, 2006′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Poetry’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
- Henry Bergh Children”s Book Award, 2006′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Illustration’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
- Henry Bergh Children”s Book Award, 2006′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Poetry’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
- Minnesota Book Awards, 2007′ ‘ Finalist’ ‘ Children”s Literature’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
- Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2007 ; Bank Street College of Education ; Outstanding Merit
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, Supplement, 2007 ; H.W. Wilson
- Kirkus Best Children’s Books, 2006 ; Kirkus
- Kirkus Book Review Stars, August 15, 2006
- New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2006 ; New York Public Library
- Notable Children’s Books, 2007 ; ALSC American Library Association
- Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, 2007 ; National Science Teachers Association
- School Library Journal Book Review Stars, October 2006 ; Cahners
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
- Science: discuss the meadow and habitats. What kinds of animals and plants live in this environment?
- How does dew form? Where can you find dewdrops on a meadow? In your neighborhood?
- Discuss animals mentioned in the book — parts of grasshopper, what makes a predator/prey, survival strategies, etc.
- Discuss words in the glossary. Remind students that we often find glossaries in informational books.
- Language Arts: discuss poetry? What are some characteristics of poetry? Do you see similarities and differences between different poems in the book? (traditional vs. free verse vs. concrete poems, etc.)
- Go through the riddles — can students solve them? Have students write their own riddles about an animal or plant using poetry.
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Glossary
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library