JOYFUL NOISE: POEMS FOR TWO VOICES by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Eric Beddows
Back and Forth. Insects.
Contrast. Nature. Voices. Bugs.
Read out loud. Rhythm.
Middle grade / YA (ages 8 and up)
Alternating voices / POV
Tight harmonies, bouncing rhythms, evocative imagery
Call and response
Read aloud format
Voices of insects
Beauty of nature
Delicacy and grace of insects as opposed to bumbling and clumsiness of slow clunky humans
Black and white images show world from insect POV
World building – insect reality
Classroom tool – science class – insect life (habitat, diet, personality, lifestyle, routine, lifecycle)