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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors

By: Joyce Sidman

Illustrator: Beckie Prange

Grass grows "in places others can't /where wind is high and water scant." Bacteria is "ancient, tiny/teeming, mixing, melding / strands curled like ghostly hands." This collection of original poetry highlights a diverse group of nature's most adaptive species, from mollusks to dandelions to coyotes to humans. Each poem is paired with in-depth information about its subject matter. Glossary. Author's note with references. Illustrator's note. Full-color illustrations are linocuts hand-colored with watercolor.

ISBN: 9780618717194

JLG Release: Jun 2010


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Nature , Biology , Poetry , Bacteria , Mollusks , Lichens , Sharks , Beetles , Diatoms , Geckos , Ants , Grass , Squirrels , Crows , Dandelions , Coyotes , Humans , Adaptability , Survival , Evolution

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Awards & Honors

2011 ALA Notable Children’s Books, Older Readers; IRA Teachers' Choices 2011, Intermediate Readers; 2011 NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts; CLA Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts 2011; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Special Interests, Poetry; Booklist 2010 Top 10 Books for Youth, Sci-Tech; Booklist Lasting Connections of 2010, Science; Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Children’s Books; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2010, Picture Books; School Library Journal Best Books 2010: Nonfiction; Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2011; 2011 Cybils Awards, Poetry, Finalist

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

From ancient organisms (single-celled bacteria) to relative newcomers (humans), this book showcases the resiliency and majesty of 14 commonplace species, presented in order of their appearance on Earth. Watercolor-tinted linocut spreads pair a beguiling poem with a fact-filled paragraph, shedding light on each familiar life formࠗs defining

From ancient organisms (single-celled bacteria) to relative newcomers (humans), this book showcases the resiliency and majesty of 14 commonplace species, presented in order of their appearance on Earth. Watercolor-tinted linocut spreads pair a beguiling poem with a fact-filled paragraph, shedding light on each familiar life formࠗs defining characteristics, amazing adaptability, and evolutionary longevity.

Horn Book

As Sidman points out, "99 percent of all species that have ever existed are now extinct." In her fourteen poems, the survivors range from bacteria to us, from ancient (mollusks) to newcomers (crows). The pieces vary in tone and form; facts are supplemented in prose. In the entrancing illustrations, Prange's bold linocuts are drenched in vivid water As Sidman points out, "99 percent of all species that have ever existed are now extinct." In her fourteen poems, the survivors range from bacteria to us, from ancient (mollusks) to newcomers (crows). The pieces vary in tone and form; facts are supplemented in prose. In the entrancing illustrations, Prange's bold linocuts are drenched in vivid watercolor. Timeline, websites. Glos.

Junior Library Guild


• This winning combination of poetry, nonfiction, and illustration begins with a looping, maze-like evolutionary time line on the endpapers. The graphic puts into eye-opening perspective how long these survivors have been in existence in relation to Earth’s 4.6 billion years.
• Fourteen groups or species are then introduced, followi

• This winning combination of poetry, nonfiction, and illustration begins with a looping, maze-like evolutionary time line on the endpapers. The graphic puts into eye-opening perspective how long these survivors have been in existence in relation to Earth’s 4.6 billion years.
• Fourteen groups or species are then introduced, following the time line’s order, starting with bacteria (3.8 billion years old), mollusks (500 million years old), and lichens (400 million years old), and ending with humans, who have been in existence for “only” 100,000 years.
• The book details the extraordinary qualities of seemingly ordinary creatures. Both the poems and prose paragraphs impart fascinating information: four hundred new mollusk species are discovered each year, for example, and “some scientists estimate that the total weight of all ants on the planet equals the total weight of all humans!”
• Beautiful linocut images extend the text with bold outline and splashes of color.
• The poems range in style, including a diamante and a concrete poem.

Book Details

ISBN

9780618717194

First Release

June 2010

Genre

Poetry and nonfiction

Dewey Classification

811/.54

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 7.9; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Nature, Biology, Poetry, Bacteria, Mollusks, Lichens, Sharks, Beetles, Diatoms, Geckos, Ants, Grass, Squirrels, Crows, Dandelions, Coyotes, Humans, Adaptability, Survival, Evolution,

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