The first book, the Newberry-award winner Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman, was published back when I was in college. A wonderful librarian in Acton, MA, introduced me to the collection of poems in two voices several years ago. It’s a wonderful way to inspire upper elementary and middle school students.
A more recent favorite is Volcano Wakes Up! by Lisa Westberg (illus Steve Jenkins). This collection of pomes are written from five points of view—the volcano, ferns, lava crickets, a road, and the sun/moon. Each “voice” is represented by a different style of poem. For example, the volcano’s thoughts are always presented to us as shape poems. Here’s an example:
Hey! It’s a little
quiet around here.
It’s time to kick up a lot of
dust and ash, time to shake the ground
And make a big stink. Watch this, everybody!
Invasion of the Bone Eaters
Osedax, the legless worm,
Lands on whale-fall, digs in firm,
Eyeless, mouthless, gills like plumes,
Bone-devouring zombie blooms.
Osedax, the gutless wonder,
Egg sac blob and roots down under.
Dines with help of fat bacteria,
At the whalebone cafeteria.
I’ve read a lot about the recently discovered Osedax. It’s a truly fascinating creature, and the author really captures its wonder and mystery in a fun poem that’s full of little surprises.
I'll share some more of my favorites next week. Stay tuned.