Song of the Water Boatman pays tribute to biologically successful species—from mollusks and lichens to da"/>

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors

Joyce Sidman, Author, Beckie Prange, Illustrator , illus. by Beckie Prange. Harcourt $17 (40p) ISBN 978-0-618-71719-4

The team behind the Caldecott Honor–winning Song of the Water Boatman pays tribute to biologically successful species—from mollusks and lichens to dandelions and sharks—in poems that appear in order of each animal’s first appearance on earth (a striking, mazelike time line puts the billions of years into perspective). Sidman’s words are vivid and affectionate—about single-celled diatoms, she writes, “Curl of sea-/ green wave/ alive/ with invisible jewels/ almost/ too beautiful/ to eat,” and Prange’s expressive linocuts capture the character of each animal. Fascinating factual information appears on each page; the graceful integration of science and art results in a celebratory story of survival. Ages 6–9. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/08/2010
Release date: 04/01/2010
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