Dark emperor & other poems of the night / written by Joyce Sidman ; illustrated by Rick Allen.
By: Sidman, Joyce.
Contributor(s): Allen, Rick [ill] | Houghton Mifflin Books for Children [pbl] | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company [pbl].Material type: BookPublisher: Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children ; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010Description: 29 p. : col. ill. ; 27 x 28 cm.ISBN: 9780547152288; 0547152280.Other title: Dark emperor and other poems of the night.Subject(s): Night -- Juvenile poetry | Forest animals -- Juvenile poetry | Children's poetry, AmericanGenre/Form: Children's poetry, American.DDC classification: 811/.54
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A collection of poems that celebrates the wonder, mystery, and danger of the night and describes the many things that hide in the dark.
Welcome to the night -- Snail at moonrise -- Love poem of the primrose moth -- Dark emperor -- Oak after dark -- Night-spider's advice -- I am a baby porcupette -- Cricket speaks -- The mushrooms come -- Ballad of the wandering eft -- Bat wraps up -- Moon's lament.
American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2011; Horn Book Fanfare List 2011; Newbery Honors 2011; Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 2011; Booklist Editor's Choice/Books for Youth 2010
Reviews provided by Syndetics
School Library Journal ReviewGr 3-6-Sidman continues her explorations of natural history in this set of poems about nocturnal life in the forest. As in her other collections, each selection is set in an expansive spread that includes a factual discussion of the featured subject. The illustrations are bold, richly detailed linoleum prints colored in gouache. The 12 poems are led by a scene setting "Welcome to the Night" and go on to feature 9 different creatures and some mushrooms with a concluding lament by the moon as night fades into morning. Sidman adroitly applies varied poetic forms and rhyme schemes. The title's dark emperor, the great horned owl, lends its shape to the one concrete poem, and the closing lament is in the medieval style known as an ubi sunt. The poetry is reflective and at times philosophical. "Build a frame/and stick to it,/I always say./Life's a circle..Eat your triumphs,/eat your mistakes:/that way your belly/will always be full.," advises the night spider. Other poems are playful and some just a bit confusing. The porcupine poem explains that the infant of this species is known as a porcupette; the repeated use of "baby porcupette" seems oddly redundant. The bookmaking is beautiful with the concept of night lending itself generously to poetry. It invites lingering enjoyment for nature and poetry fans, and, as with Sidman's earlier collections, it might be used with varied curriculums.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsPoet and author Joyce Sidman was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 4, 1956. She received a B.A. in German from Wesleyan University and earned her teacher's certificate in 1983. Sidman teaches poetry and is a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She has published several children's books, including Red Sings from Treetops, and she won the New Women's Voices award for Like the Air.
(Bowker Author Biography)