Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More! Poems for Two Voices

Carole Gerber, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Holt, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8050-9211-0
Yelchin’s cheerful gouache illustrations call to mind sidewalk chalk art in this collection of nature- and spring-themed poems designed to be recited by two readers. The poems’ alternating parts are differentiated by color, with multicolored phrases intended to be read in unison. Gerber’s poems are casually conversational (“It’s springtime!/ Will you be up soon?/ I feel sure you’ll be cute,” a hungry rabbit urges a green sprout), while she sneaks in a surprising amount of information about flowers, berries, bugs, and more, as well as topics including germination and pollination. The airy poems are pleasing, but maybe not perennial. Ages 4–up. Author’s agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/28/2013
Release date: 02/05/2013
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