Poetry + Math + Science = A new way of looking at spring
Math meets metaphor in this eye-opening exploration of spring. Each clever equation is a tiny, perfect poem that prompts readers to look at the ordinary and see the miraculous. Can you look at an egg in a nest and see a jewelry box? How are sunlight and heat like an alarm clock? Solve the equations and read the lively sidebars that reveal the science behind the signs of spring.
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrator: Micha Archer
Publisher: Charlesbridge (2/5/19
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Review: The Horn Book: “To–ahem—sum things up, this picture-book blend of math, science, and poetry welcomes—and explains—the hallmarks of spring with effortless ebullience.”
Review: Publishers Weekly: “Nature, the book suggests, offers abundant surprises to those who take the time to notice.”
Review: Kirkus: “Each page is a pleasing mix of colorful tissue-paper collage art, equation poems, and a bit of lively exposition discussing the science behind the equations…One particularly beautiful page offers “1 dandelion x 1 breath = 100 parachutes.” It appears opposite the “dusk + skunks = parade” equation, but happily, skunks are nocturnal, as the text informs readers…beautifully original art complements the fun of the playful poetry. Poetry + art = beauty. (author’s note, illustrator’s note, further reading)”
Review: Shelf Awareness: “This delightful picture book proves that art + science = an incredible amount of fun.”
Review: BookPage: “These innovative poem-equations bring a new awareness and a refreshing way to look at nature.”
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Peek at the art: Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: “I love this playful book, and it makes me want to snap my fingers and be in a school library again so that I can share it with both students and teachers.”
Review: Booklist: “Celebrating the natural world as winter turns to spring, this unusual volume offers a poetic equation on each page, accompanied by a vivid illustration and several short sentences of related text…A handsome, original book for reading aloud each spring.”
Review: Publishers Weekly: “Elsewhere, “bark + beak = drum.” The beak belongs to a woodpecker tapping against a tree “to claim its territory/ or attract a mate.” Archer’s torn paper collage and oil art offers sharp contrast in visual textures and colors…Nature, the book suggests, offers abundant surprises to those who take the time to notice.”
Podcast: Charlesbridge Unplugged: Talking about the writing process, how I finally ended up with spring, and more with Mel Schuit of Charlesbridge.
Review: Kimberly Hutmacher Writes: “In this picture book, Laura offers a unique take on the spring season with equation poems. Here are just a few of my favorites.
riverbank + otters = playground
Laura accompanies each equation poem with a brief fun explanation:
Some animals play all year long. In spring, otters slip and slide in the dirty, slushy snow. No mittens. No hats. Just messy, muddy, mucky fun.”
Review: Lady in Red Writes: “As with her other books, Laura Purdie Salas easily shows the reader that there are so many different ways to look at the world around us – from the dandelion to those brilliant fireworks that light up the sky:)
Review and teaching ideas: Archimedes’ Notebook: “Make a map of spring emerging. For a different way to experience the season, try mapping the changes. Here’s one way – or come up with your own way to map the seasonal changes.”
Review: Waking Brain Cells: “The poetry is entirely in equation form like the title, swiftly capturing the essence of something rather like a haiku but in an even briefer format…Salas plays with the poetic form here, creating a mathematical poetry style that is entirely joyous to read.”