Acclaimed author Joyce Sidman has received multiple awards for her books of poetry, including a Caldecott Honor for Red Sings from Treetops. Itself a Newbery Honor Book, Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night features several spellbinding poems about "the feast of sound and spark" that awakens with the raccoons, snails, owls, and crickets each night after sunset. "In Sidman's delicious poems, darkness is the norm, and there's nothing to fear but the rising sun."-Publishers Weekly
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by Joyce Hansen
by Joyce Sidman
by John Duggleby
by Janice Harrington
by Ashley Bryan
by Langston Hughes
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
by Susan VanHecke
by Sharon M. Draper
by Nikki Grimes
"Nature poet Joyce Sidman piques children's curiosity about the dark with this collection. Myra Taylor narrates with enthusiasm and curiosity about each topic. For creatures as diverse as a newt, a porcupette, and a primrose moth, the author provides a poetic vignette followed by an informational one. How many ways does a raccoon use his hands? What thing "anchors" the earth and also "touches" the sky? Who are the night weavers? Why might a creature prefer nighttime? Taylor varies her poetic voice and her informational one: The first is animated in character and offers pauses for contemplation; the second is matter-of-fact and speedy. A listening treat! A.R. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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