Pond Circle  -     By: Betsy Franco
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Pond Circle

Margaret K. McElderry / 2009 / Hardcover

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One summer night by a small pond, mayflies dart, beetles dive, frogs spring, skunks shuffle, and owls swoop. As a young girl watches, the circle of life unfolds.The rhythmic, cumulative story and rich, luminous paintings capture the bold beauty of nature. Take a short journey into one backyard and experience all the wonder of the living, breathing world around us.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 11.00 X 9.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1416940219
ISBN-13: 9781416940210
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Betsy Franco has spent more than twenty years showing children the beauty, depth, and fun of math and science through her picture books. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California. Visit her website at betsyfranco.com.

Stefano Vitale is the illustrator of several books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Why War Is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker. Stefano lives with his wife and children in Venice, Italy. Please visit his website at stefanovitale.com.

Publisher's Weekly

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) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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