NPM 2023 Day 2: AT THE POND

Putting these books in no particular order (other than alphabetical) means I’m showing no preference, but it also means I can’t mash up themes or authors.  Yet today’s picture book feels like a natural follow up to yesterday’s anyway!

0-AtP coverAT THE POND is yet another wonderful collection of poems on a theme by David Elliott.  He has several in this series (and we’ll see at least one other later this month).  Over the years, I’ve reviewed a couple of his picture books and yet I’ve heard his name a lot recently as he’s had several poetry books published within a recent span of each other.  I’m quickly becoming enamored with David’s writing style.  In this series, there is a simplicity that is incredibly deceptive.  There’s a fun sense of word play for the very young on a topic that will also appeal and yet as a set can be a wonderful STEM conversation on habitats.  And yet the choice of words like “dabbing” in the poem I selected today, remain in the mind rolling around long after they’ve been read.  I love that!

And let’s not forget the GORGEOUS illustrations by Amy Schimler-Safford.  She uses a mixed media approach that is stunning.  I found myself pouring over her illustrations and wondering how she managed to make each one.

There were so many poems I could’ve chosen, but I kept coming back to the ducks.  There was a pond where I grew up and I loved to see the ducks.  There’s a pond close to where I live now and I love to see the ducks.  I think I had to chose the poem I did, but I also couldn’t get it out of my mind.  You’ll see what I mean.


And if you’re looking for more poetry fun this month, be sure to check out the Kidlitosphere Event Roundup!  Thank you for stopping by! NPM 2023

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