"Gr. 4-6. "This is / an insect world with humans in it. / We'll seize the day, but they will win it." The insects featured in this poetry collection are fearsome, awe-inspiring creatures. Bulion uses gory, visceral facts to pull children into both the science and the various poetic forms. What happens to an ant that falls into a doodlebug's hole? "Grabbed-stabbed-and-poisoned, its juices sucked out." How does a wolf spider treat an unruly youngster? "She'll pierce then pulverize him for a snack." Prose paragraphs about the bugs accompany each poem, but readers may still need help with sophisticated allusions and wordplay. Many selections, though, are immediately accessible, and the words' frank, gross-out drama will generate lively enthusiasm: "Cow manure / hog manure / roadkill corpse / an open sewer" reads the marching lines of a maggot's preferred menu. Striking, watercolor-washed linoleum prints and notes about poetic forms round out this title, which can be used across the curriculum. Pair it with Marilyn Singer's Fireflies at Midnight (2003) and Joyce Sidman's Song of the Waterboatman and Other Pond Poems (2005)."
Causes Leslie Bulion Supports
University Settlement House, Eldridge Street, NY, NY
Oddfellows Playhouse, Middletown, CT
Literacy Volunteers, Inc.