How to Cross a Pond: Poems About Water

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From “Water Music” and the “Babbling Brook” (it speaks in Brookish) to an ocean that “sometimes sings and sometimes raves,” Marilyn Singer has captured the nature of water in this insightful and lyrical collection of poems. Whether she is showing us gardens, all dressed-up in “diamond necklaces of dew or lace collars of frost,” or the “sudden summer stream . . . the stubby hydrant brings to the city child,” she shows us surprising and delightful new ways of looking at water and nature.

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Meilo So’s watery india-ink illustrations, printed in blue, strike just the right balance. Marilyn Singer and Meilo So collaborated on a previous collection of poetry entitled Footprints on the Roof which School Library Journal praised as “a work of minimalist art, in which harmony is achieved between text and image with no extraneous words or strokes. A welcome addition to nature-poetry collections.”

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Gr. 3-5. From the powerful surge of ocean tides to the quiver of one drop of water on an eyelash, Singer's clear words and flowing sounds combine the universal and the immediate to reveal the wonder of what is all around us. Never pretentious, she celebrates the physical joy of splashing in a spraying city hydrant as well as the wonder of the rain forest, where "every petal is a teeming shore." The rhythmic "Babbling Brook" is great for reading aloud; others, such as "Wells," fuse the physical with big ideas about conservation and freedom. There's also the funny, fractured fairy-tale poem, "Frog Prince," about a boy who wants to be a frog. The small, narrow book design is inviting; the clear blue type and splashy, blurry double-page watercolors extend the music of the words. Use this with Walter Wick's science book, A Drop of Water (1997) for a great cross-curricular connection. Hazel Rochman
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