Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen

Tundra swan, snake, snowflake. Bees in their hive, a vole under snow, the fly-high... read more

Tundra swan, snake, snowflake. Bees in their hive, a vole under snow, the fly-high raven and the earth-bound wolf. The lives of these and other creatures in winter are the subject of poems by Joyce Sidman that crackle with cold and sing with warmth. “We scaled a million blooms / to reap the summer’s glow. / Now, in the merciless cold, / we share each morsel of heat, / each honeycombed crumb … / Deep in the winter hive, / we burn like a golden sun” (from “Winter Bees”). Sidman’s evocative, lyrical poems are paired with brief scientific information about each of her subjects that further illuminates the poems and their imagery. Gorgeous, stylized lino-block and digitally rendered art by Rick Allen is an elegant backdrop to a lovely, finely crafted collection. (Ages 6–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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