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Everyone's buzzing about Snowman - Cold = Puddle!Take a peek at Laura Purdie Salas's afterword to her hit new book for more about the deep connection between science and poetry.
“Within poetry and science beat the twin hearts of observation and imagination.”
—Heidi Mordhorst, poet and teacher
I am in awe of the scientific processes that make sunsets, storms, and, of course, spring. But when I look at our amazing world, I don’t see just science. I also see stories and pictures. A snowman melts overnight, and I see heat as a thief, stealing snowpeople and sledding hills. Deer huddle under a dripping maple tree, and I see kids sharing a spring-green umbrella. Dandelion fluff scatters, and I see hundreds of skydivers opening tiny parachutes.
Scientists and poets search the world and find knowledge and wonder in equal parts. The equations in this book explore the reasons for the changes we see in spring. These combinations of words and symbols are science. But they are also something more. They compress big ideas into small phrases, using unexpected or playful language. And they ask you to look at common things in new ways. They are poetry.
In writing these equation poems, I began to notice things that I usually take for granted. I hope you notice how our world changes every day all around us. You don’t have to live anywhere in particular or use special equipment to appreciate how the world transforms in spring.
Today we're welcoming renowned poet Laura Purdie Salas onto the podcast! She's here to talk about her first book with Charlesbridge, Snowman-Cold=Puddle, which seamlessly combines poetry, math, and science. You can have a listen by clicking HERE or clicking play below:
Math is all around us, and in this clever and enlightening picture book, readers see how math, nature, and poetry intermingle and collaborate...well, naturally. Each clever equation is a tiny, perfect poem that prompts readers to look at the ordinary and see the miraculous. Can you look at an egg in a nest and see a jewelry box? How are sunlight and heat like an alarm clock? Engaging sidebars reveal the science behind the signs of spring.
About the Author:
Former teacher Laura Purdie Salas is the award-winning author of more than 125 books for children, including If You Were the Moon, A Rock Can Be, and Water Can Be (Millbrook Press). Laura grew up in Florida but likes Minnesota more! She is always up for an adventure and loves to explore new places. Laura also enjoys working with young writers through school visits and young authors' conferences. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
We're kicking off the new year by talking to author Samantha Vamos about her new book The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung and why it's so important to teach bilingual books in the classroom. You can have a listen by clicking HERE or clicking play below:
A farm maiden enlists the help of her farm friends to build a piñata for a special celebration. Borrowing the style of "The House that Jack Built," the story unfolds as each part of the piñata is gathered - each piece is introduced in English and then replaced by the Spanish word as more and more of the piñata is created. It's a bilingual birthday bash from the boy who shaped the barroto the sorpresa at the end!
About the Author: Samantha R. Vamos is the author of Alphabet Boats, Alphabet Trains, Alphabet Trucks (illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke), The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred (illustrated by Rafael López) – 2012 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor – its companion book, The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung (illustrated by Sebastià Serra), and Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (2009, illustrated by Santiago Cohen). Samantha previously worked as an attorney, practicing in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, IL. Samantha was born in the Midwest, grew up on the east coast, and lived in the Pacific Northwest before moving to the Bay Area with her husband, son, and their rescue puppy, Bowie. Purchase this book for you and your readers here. Show Notes:
For our last podcast of the year we are talking to Hillary Homzie about her new early reader series Ellie May, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Two of the Ellie May books publish tomorrow, Ellie May on Presidents' Day and Ellie May on April Fools' Day, so get a head start by listening to her talk about them! You can have a listen by clicking HERE or clicking play below:
About the Series: The illustrated Ellie May chapter-book series captures the overzealous and good-hearted spirit of Ellie May—a second grader ready to leave her mark on each and every classroom holiday.
About the Author: Hillary Homzie has written several books for tweens, including Things Are Going to Get Ugly, The Hot List, and Queen of Likes. She lives in Napa, California, with her family.
This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer, and bandleader in the early days of jazz. Ahead of her time, Lil made a career for herself--and for Louis Armstrong, her modest, unassuming husband. Louis might never have become the groundbreaking jazz player he was, if it hadn't been for Lil. Scat-inspired verse celebrates how Lil overcame race and gender barriers to become the first lady of the Chicago jazz scene. About the Authors: Acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell grew up in a musical family, became a concert dancer and choreographer, and married a jazz musician. When she hears Lil's music, she can't help but dance. Patricia's debut book, Josephine, received a Sibert Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Her equally moving and powerful second book, Loving vs. Virginia, established Patricia as a commanding voice in children's literature.
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