Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Behind the Books: Lyrical Nonfiction

One author can write using many different voices, depending on what he or she is trying to accomplish. For example, when I was writing When Rain Falls, I hoped the books would be used in classroom science lessons as well as bedtime reading.

How would you describe the personality of this passage? How does the writing make you feel?

Inside clouds, water droplets budge and bump, crash and clump. The drops grow larger and larger, heavier and heavier until they fall to the earth.

When rain falls in a forest, scurrying squirrels suddenly stop. They pull their long, bushy tails over their heads like umbrellas.


A hawk puffs out its feathers to keep water out and warmth in. Chickadees stay warm and dry inside their tree hole homes.

Calm.

Relaxed.
Comforting.

Peaceful.


Did you come up with words like these? They describe the voice.

Here are some more great nonfiction book with a lyrical voice:

A Butterfly is Patient by Diana Hutts Aston (illus Sylvia Long)
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill (illus. Bryan Collier)

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston (illus. Sylvia Long)

A Seed Is Sleepy
by Dianna Hutts Aston (illus Sylvia Long)

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost (illus Rick Lieder)

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
by Joyce Sidman (illus Beth Krommes)

Under the Snow
by Melissa Stewart (illus. Constance R. Bergum)

Vulture View
by April Pulley Sayre (illus Steve Jenkins)

When Rain Falls
by Melissa Stewart (illus. Constance R. Bergum)

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