Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Paperback | January 4, 2005

byPaul FleischmanIllustratorEric Beddows

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Written to be read aloud by two voices—sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous--here is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise.

In this remarkable volume of poetry for two voices, Paul Fleischman verbally re-creates the "Booming/boisterious/joyful noise" of insects. The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. Eric Beddows′s vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way.

Paul Fleischman has created not only a clear and fascinating guide to the insect world—from chrysalid butterflies to whirligig beetles—but an exultant celebration of life.

Supports Common Core State Standards

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Kids have this thing for critters that keeps their minds crawling over anything that involves say a spider or a fly. Put this fascination into poetry and you have Joyful Noise a collection of verses and rhymes told simultaneously from two perspectives that serve to further this insect fascination. Emanating from Paul Fleischman’s pen a...

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Written to be read aloud by two voices—sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous--here is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise. In th...

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Written to be read aloud by two voices--sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous--here is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise. In ...

Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California in a house with a printing press, a grand piano, a shortwave radio, and his father—children’s author Sid Fleischman. Playing recorder in early music consorts led to his books of verbal duets—I Am Phoenix, Joyful Noise (winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal), and Big Talk. His novels built ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.19 inPublished:January 4, 2005Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064460932

ISBN - 13:9780064460934

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

Customer Reviews of Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for poetry instruction This book is a fantastic way of integrating science (insects) and language arts in an intermediate classroom. Students really enjoy hearing the sounds of the insects that they create with their voices and poems written for two voices are always great to perform and hear.
Date published: 2000-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This little book is a wonderful way to teach both younger and older children an appreciation for poetry. My friend and I had so much fun reading this together!
Date published: 2000-04-21

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Kids have this thing for critters that keeps their minds crawling over anything that involves say a spider or a fly. Put this fascination into poetry and you have Joyful Noise a collection of verses and rhymes told simultaneously from two perspectives that serve to further this insect fascination. Emanating from Paul Fleischman’s pen and accompanied by Eric Beddows’ befitting illustrations, this Newbery Medal-winning collection is sure to capture your child’s imagination with its blend of wit and adventure. Beautifully rendered it tells of the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse.  

Editorial Reviews

"A companion to I Am Phoenix, this marvelous, lyrical evocation of the insect world demands accolades. With subjects ranging from grasshoppers to butterflies, there is variety in tone, mood, and theme. There are fourteen poems in the handsomely designed volume, with wonderfully interpretive illustrations. Each selection is a gem, polished to perfection."
--H.

Employee Review

Do you think that insects are gross? Do they give you goosebumps? See if this book of verse can change your mind. These poems not only give you a breathtaking picture of the real life cycles of many different insects, they are also very pleasant to listen to. This is a great book to be read with a friend or parent. You will enjoy reciting colorful passages about the interesting lives of the little creatures of the world.