Thursday, April 18, 2013

Children’s Book Review and Giveaway: Forest Has a Song, by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

This coming Monday is Earth Day, and it’s the perfect time to read stories and books about our natural world. I recently received a lovely picture book for review that parents and children will love to read together. It’s called Forest Has a Song, and it’s a book of poetry by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. Beautiful illustrations by Robbin Gourley show a young girl and her dog exploring the forest, and the poems describe what they see, such as a:


Dead Branch
Chickadee
Lady’s Slipper (a flower)
Spider
Lichens
Moss
And more!

Here’s my favorite poem from the book, which would be great for reading to your children at bedtime:

Dusk

Sleep tight
baby animals
so small
so full of zest.

Burrow in a burrow.
Nestle in a nest.
Snuggle in a tree trunk.
Crawl beneath a stone.
Cuddle with a mama.
Huddle all alone.
Peek out at the sunset
winking way out west.

You’ll meet the sun
with running fun.
It’s night now.
Hush now.
Rest.

Isn’t that a sweet way to end the day? The poems in Forest Has a Song are all gentle and brief, inviting kids and parents to talk about the sights they might see in a forest and the wonders of our natural world. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Forest Has a Song to share with your little ones.

Book trailer:





GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a copy of the beautiful hardcover book, Forest Has a Song, by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, May 3, 2013.

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43 comments:

  1. this book is for grade 2

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  2. Thank you so much for your very kind review of our book here! I love the idea of reading "Dusk" before bedtime, and I hope that whomever wins the book really likes it. I'd be happy to send a signed bookplate to your winner - this person can simply contact me through my blog - The Poem Farm - www.poemfarm.amylv.com Yours, Amy

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  3. Amy has taught hundreds of students writing style.

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  4. I learned that she also writes poems and has them on her blog, I love to read poems.

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  5. the book is for grade 2

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  6. It's wonderful that Amy does poetry for children. Not many people do that. I think it's great and it gives children a new insight of writing and books.

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  7. I learned that there are videos on her site for teaching from kindergarten to sixth grade when she taught. I also like the poetry on her site. I appreciate any books made for children as if you can get a child to read there world is never small or closed to them..

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  8. There are numerous books of poetry for kids out there...but this one has heart, soul, and imagery like few of them do. I've only seen a few poems from it, but the ones I've seen are terrific.

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  9. Amy's blog, The Poem Farm is such an inspirational poetry resource for helping kids learn to appreciate poetry! According to her website, there is a Poetry Kit by HMH with discussion questions and activities to go along with Forest Has a Song.

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  10. I like the Heart Rock Farm (The Poem Farm), in Holland, NY, is home to 5 people, 2 dogs, 5 cats, 8 sheep, 1 bunny, 5 chickens, 1 fish, and millions of critters in field, creek, and forest.

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  11. I learned that she has written local NPR commentaries as well as a column for EDIBLE BUFFALO.

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  12. Gosh...I just cycled back here and am so grateful to you for your kind words. Here is the link to the poetry kit with a page and some questions to go with FOREST... - http://www.scribd.com/doc/128649625/Poetry-Kit-2013 Thank you for your generosity! -a.

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  13. She writes poems az well.

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  14. Anonymous5:20 PM

    Amy is a former 5th grade teacher
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  15. That there are mini lessons.....

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  16. I learned that Amy is a former 5th grade teacher and gives teacher workshops in and out of the classroom. "Forest Has a Song" is her first book of children's poetry.

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  17. Anonymous4:52 AM

    This is Amy's description of her home. Heart Rock Farm (The Poem Farm), in Holland, NY, is home to 5 people, 2 dogs, 5 cats, 8 sheep, 1 bunny, 5 chickens, 1 fish, and millions of critters in field, creek, and forest. Now that is beautiful setting for some great writing. thank you BL

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  18. She writes poems too

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  19. I learned that Amy lives in Holland, NY and is also a teacher. She also writes commentaries for NPR.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Amy is a former fifth grade teacher.

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  21. I learned that Amy earned her MA at Teachers College, Columbia University where she also worked at the Reading and Writing Project.

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  22. I learned that Amy currently serves on the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children committee

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  23. Amy used to be a 5th grade teacher!

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  24. A former fifth grade teacher, Amy earned her MA at Teachers College, Columbia University where she also worked at the Reading and Writing Project. Over the past 13 years, she has taught hundreds of teachers and children about writing style and process.

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  25. Anonymous5:41 PM

    Amy Ludwig VanDerwater lives in Holland, New York!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  26. I learned that she is a former teacher

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  27. Amy works regularly in schools, demonstrating ways to develop and strengthen writing workshops, study genres of writing, and confer with students.

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  28. I like all the poetry resources that are available

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  29. I learned she is a teacher writer and lives on a farm in NY!

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  30. I would love to win this. I would like my kids to appreciate poetry. The book contains 26 poems.

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  31. I learned she has another book: Grade 2 - POETRY: BIG THOUGHTS IN SMALL PACKAGES, co-author with Lucy Calkins & Stephanie Parsons (Heinemann, March 2013)

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  32. i liked that she has a lot of animals - 2 dogs, 5 cats, 8 sheep, 1 bunny, 5 chickens, 1 fish

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  33. I like that she writes poetry for kids. I look forward to reading the book.

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  34. She has lesson plans!

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  35. Anonymous9:18 PM

    I love this earth friendly approach. It is lively.

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  36. I learned that she used to teach 5th grade

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com
    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

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  37. I learned that her work looks really interesting and is something I would want to read with my kids

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  38. I love how she really cares for children. Her books are geared toward little ones and because of her they will learn to love poetry.
    Laurie Emerson

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  39. I like the mini lessons on her site.

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  40. What a Beautiful and darling book. Adorable poems. WOW!!! Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has so many wonderful teaching items for both my child and myself on her blog. She is one Amazing and Talented Writer and PERSON!!!!!!

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  41. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has so many amazing and delightful learning items for both myself and my child. LOVE Adore Poetry. She has resources. A Super Talented teacher writer and amazing person who is a former 5th Grade teacher. Love to win this most lovely and enchanting book.
    Hope you get my entry in!!! Wonderful FANTASTIC Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  42. I learned that the author lives in Holland, New York.

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  43. Heart Rock Farm (The Poem Farm), in Holland, NY, is home to 5 people, 2 dogs, 5 cats, 8 sheep, 1 bunny, 5 chickens, 1 fish, and millions of critters in field, creek, and forest.

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