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Classroom Implications: This makes a wonderful read aloud for first-fourth grade classrooms studying ecosystems. It is especially hard to find a specific science-based book for primary grades. This book solves that problem! It combines poetry and a content-area story, and manages to include delightful images worthy enough for the Caldecott. This text would pair nicely with Fleishman's Joyful Noise: Poems in Two Voices due to the similarity in both poetry and science.
Skills and Strategies
- free verse
- nonfiction reading