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  1. says:

    I knew I was going to like this book when I read the first poem and realized that Joyce Sidman is talented enough to make bacteria sound beautiful and interesting to yours truly easily grossed out and squeamish and not exactly scientifically inclined Bacteriaancient, tinyteeming, mixing, meldingstrands curled like ghostly handswinking, waving, wakingfirst, miraculous LifeI was hooked The book presents a poem and then a paragraph of factual information about various species that have been the survivors of our planet In her Author s Note, Sidman remarks When you consider that 99 percent of all species that have ever existed are now extinct, you realize that the ones who made it and are thriving are indeed remarkable This book is a sampling of such successes, arranged in the order of their appearance in evolutionary time From bacteria to lichen to sharks and squirrels, on up to humans, I learned a lot Some things I rather wish I hadn t Some scientists estimate that the total weight of all ants on the planet equals the total weight of all humans EEEW But, truly, it s all fascinating and eye opening I had no idea squirrels have been around for 36 million years and that diatoms are so beautiful Even little fun facts like dandelions are named for their jagged lion s tooh like leaves, not the puffy mane that I d always imagined The accompanying illustrations, while perhaps not my favorite style in a regular storybook, fit wonderfully here Be sure to read the Illustrator s Note so you can fully appreciate the illustration on the endpapers I would have read this book much sooner if I knew how awesome it is, how much I d enjoy it and realized that Sidman is the author of Red Sings from Treetops A Year in Colors which I read last year and loved Poetry is so hit and miss for me, but I am definitely going to look for from Sidman s pen and recommend this to anyone who enjoys poetry and or science.


  2. says:

    Stellar presentation via poetry, prose, and illustrations, of animal and plant survivors, those who arose from between 3.8 billion years ago bacteria to 100,000 years ago humans What it does, it does exceedingly well, I think.Each species of life, shown from oldest to most recently developed in evolutionary terms, is covered via a poem, text giving scientific facts about it, and an illustration or illustrations The poems are of all types and are a perfect complement to the straight prose and pictures.Bacteria, mollusks, lichens, sharks, beetles, diatoms, geckos, ants, grasses, squirrels, crows, dandelions, coyotes, and humans all get space here Many of these species I d run the other way from in real life, but in this book they seem fascinating and admirable given their status as survivors The author s note at the end informs the reader that over 99% of all species who ve ever lived are now extinct, and points out that the survivors are all remarkable I appreciate how science, nature, poetry, art are combined here to provide information If kids are interested in any of the above, even if they re not normally interested in nature evolution science, this book might hook them in For kids who are nature and science buffs, having some poetry included seems to make the subject matter well rounded Some of the poems are great and they re all worthy additions The illustrations are interesting and informative I particularly enjoyed the inside front back cover illustration that shows the progress from newly formed earth to earth today, with all the life forms shown in the book also shown in the picture Bacteria sure is hardy and the poem makes it seem almost appealing, not quite but worthy of awe at least.There is a glossary that is useful and extremely interesting author s and illustrator s notes that really add to the book.I d recommend this for older elementary school students The vocabulary and subject matter is probably best suited to fourth and fifth grade students Younger kids who are interested in nature might enjoy reading this too, but if this is their first book about this topic they are likely to need some help reading it.4 1 2 stars


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    I believe that there are different muses of children s literature You have you Beautiful Spine muses, your Great Editor muses, your Awe Inspiring Marketing muses, and your Copyediting Magnificence muses Each one of these references those elements of the production of a book that authors and illustrators cannot wholly control In terms of picture books, however, the greatest muse of all these, the big mama muse on high, would have to be the Serendipity Muse This is the muse that pairs great authors with great illustrators to produce books of unparalleled beauty And as I see it, poet Joyce Sidman and artist Beckie Prange must have independent alters dedicated to this muse tucked in a back corner of their gardening sheds or something How else to explain their slam bang pairing Besides a clever editor, of course I mean first we saw them working together on Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems, which immediately went on to win a highly coveted Caldecott Honor Now this year we get to see their newest collaboration Ubiquitous Celebrating Nature s Survivors Much like Water Boatman this new pairing combines factual information with poems and pictures, but its focus is entirely different And, of course, it s an equal pleasure to both ears and eyes The muse knows her stuff Ubiquitous yoo bik wi tuhs Something that is or seems to be everywhere at the same time Imagine having to select those denizens of earth that at one time or another were or are ubiquitous The species that have managed to stay in existence long after most have gone extinct It can t be easy but poet Joyce Sidman has her ways In a series of fourteen poems she examines everything from the earliest bacteria on the globe to the very dandelions beneath our feet Each subject gets a poem about its life and existence, and then Ms Sidman provides accompanying non fiction information about the subject So in the case of coyotes, the poem Come with Us is told in the voice of the coyotes themselves, urging others to Come drink in the hot odors, come parry and mark and pounce On the opposite page we then learn the Latin term for coyotes, how long they ve been on this earth, their size, and any other pertinent information about them Beckie Prange s linocuts and hand colored watercolors perfectly offset both the grandeur and the humor of Sidman s work A Glossary of terms can be found in the back.Sidman s poems could easily have all been the same format They could have all had the same ABAB or AABB structure Instead, they mix things up a bit Here we can see concrete poems and poems that follow ABAB with AABB And some, like the squirrel poem Tail Tale which is my favorite in the book don t even rhyme This constant change keeps readers interested Then you start to get into the meat of the poems themselves Sidman has to be factually accurate while also highlighting the thing about the organism or insect or fish or animal that she finds most interesting That way her poem s allusions can be fully discussed in the accompanying non fiction matter That aforementioned squirrel poem, for example, manages to capture the essential cockiness of your average tree rodent Near the end it reads, hmmmm bigger brains versus tree top living with a free fur coat and the ability to crack any safe known to man now really which would you choose if you actually had a choice which you don t Compare that to a previous and lovely poem about the diatoms of the sea Curl of sea green wave alive with invisible jewels almost too beautiful to eat in each crash, roar, millions Evocative Switching gears comes naturally to Ms Sidman.Let s also talk structure I m a children s librarian and as such I have certain practical concerns Now this book, insofar as I can tell, was produced without a dust jacket That is to say, the cover of the book doesn t have anything protecting it That means that libraries like my own aren t going to feel obligated to paste down the bookflaps of the nonexistent jacket and this is a good thing because when you first open the book an image there immediately grabs your eye and requires you to see every last tiny detail Humans, you see, have a hard time with the concept of time Children in particular For a kid, the months between Halloween and Thanksgiving can feel like an eternity For an adult, they re just a blink of the eye So how do you go about conveying to a child the notion of how old the Earth is Well, you do what Prange has done here You set up a scale where 1 centimeter equals 1 million years , and then fill your pages with kooky crazy meanderings of a line, back and forth, up and down, inside and outside, around and about Always assuming your kid understands the concept of a million Steven Kellogg can help them out if they don t these endpapers have the potential to blow your young uns minds Particularly when you see where Bacteria begins versus pretty much everything else.Prange pairs her pictures together pretty well too You can see on the endpapers a rollicking red ball that was the early Earth on the one end of the spectrum, and a cool green and blue ball on the other This is mimicked in the text itself On the title page is a hot red Earth, newly formed, 4.6 billion years ago Flip to the end of the book and there s the Earth again, once on the left hand page, opposite the Glossary of terms, now blue and green It s not something you d necessarily catch on a first reading, but I like that Prange took the time to give this book a definite structure with a distinct beginning and end.The relationship between the artist and poet interests me Let s take as our example the poem that accompanies information on Sharks Now somebody decided to make the poem a concrete poem That is to say, it s a poem in the shape of a shark Was it originally intended to even be a concrete poem or was this an inspiration of Ms Prange One has to assume that it was Ms Sidman s idea since the poem fits perfectly with each part of the shark The Finfinfinfin is the fin The bristling teeth creating the mouth I bet you could argue both ways Howsoever you look at it, what s clear is that Prange and Sidman had to collaborate to a certain extent on the melding of text and image So Sidman would write out the different stages of a dung beetle s life and Prange would create eight separate circles of that same cycle Sidman labels the parts of an anthill s nest and Prange finds a way of drawing grasshopper parts It s a true collaboration There s a back and forth to this book that you don t always feel in collections of poetry.Of course all this begs the question of whether or not you consider this book to be a work of poetry or a work of non fiction Most will place it in their poetry collections, much as they did with Song of the Water Boatman, and I think that s right Still, it s something to bear in mind when folks ask you to recommend a book with facts about ancient and contemporary life forms that seem to be, for lack of a better term, ubiquitous It s certainly a beautiful book, and will hopefully appeal to kids who are into facts as well as kids who are into poems The rare double whammy Hold on to it.For ages 6 10.


  4. says:

    Poet Joyce Sidman and artist Beckie Prange have created a unique and marvelous book for children aged 5 through 12 in Ubiquitous Celebrating Nature s Survivors The ecclectic poems introduce the reader to living organisms ranging from bacteria to antsto dandelionsto geckosto coyoteand finally, to human beings Each living organism is introduced in the form of a poem first some are free verse others are riddled with rhyme while several actually take shape in the form of concrete poems In addition to the lively poetry, each organism is also described according to its color, size, and time on our planet Ubiquitous is the perfect blend of creative word choice coupled with intriguing non fiction text about a diverse array of living things some of the most interesting our Earth has to offer Children and adolescents alike will find value in this book For some, who have a fascination for insects and the diversity of life on our planet, Ubiquitous might serve as an introduction to some previously unknown species Older students doing research would likely find useable information in the non fiction segments of the text And everyone will have the pleasure of experiencing nature through multiple senses as the unique poetry bombards them in ways not before realized or imagined Learning about Earth s almost magical biodiversity and the subtle and beautiful nuances of the English language simultaneously promises to be a delight for all who endeavor to experience this book Finally, the glossary at the end of the book is a prudent feature, indeed Likewise, the visual representation of our planet s history on the last two pages is at once stunning and thought provoking Compared to the other species highlighted in Joyce Sidman s book, we humans have been around for the least amount of time Nonetheless, there is no surprise which of the species described is by far the most destructive to the fragile and diverse life on Earth.


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    Have you ever been deceived by assuming a book by it s cover Literally, Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman is one of those books Although seemingly innocent and plain on the outside, on the inside, lies the beauty of nature..followed by a scientific explanation From the simplest of organisms to top predators who have survived on our earth for than 400 million years, Ubiquitous is exactly what it s name perceives it as It is everywhere starting from explaining the first life on earth Combined with exceptional illustrations that enhance the experience of the world s survivors, Ubiquitous is deserving of the ultimate accolade, for it is not only the key to our past, but the guide and the story of our present day I would strongly recommend this book first and foremost to those who are intrigued by the art of poetry and secondly to those who might just be hungering for a piece of scientific knowledge through a pretty simple book Something that really struck me about this book is the first poem of the book, on bacteria 5 For although it is short and simple, it is extremely descriptive It describes the bacteria as having waking , and also describes the first life on earth as miraculous The reason that those words and the poem really strike at me is because they tell the hidden beauty of life This is because in our everyday lives, I don t know a lot of people who will take the time, and the moment in the day to just stop and celebrate the fact that they are alive Not to say that there aren t people like that but they are far and few between Something else that struck me is the poem The Lichen We 8 For you really have to comb through the poem before you start to understand that the Lichen is actually a combination of Algae and Fungus This thought provoking poem is solved and is also the perfect build up to the scientific definition on the next page, where in the very first sentence it tells you what a Lichen is Something else that struck me about the poem is how it describes the teamwork between the fungus and algae Through the words What do we share we two together A brave indifference to the weather A slow but steady growing pace Resemblance to both mud and lace 8 The last line was particularly at the crux of why it jumped out because it shows that exterior looks don t matter This is shown because even though one of the organisms resembles mud and the other lace, both work together to create a successful partnership Applying this to our lives is not hard for even if one person is dumb, the other smart, one sporty, the other lazy, there will be always a way to solve their differences and be able to work together Last but not least, something that really struck me is the poem on Diatoms 12 Although extremely short and easy to understand, it is like an onion You can always peel back another layer of information each time you read it One of the meanings that I was able to find out that really struck me was when Sidman says, too beautiful to eat 12 What struck me about this is that humans consume gallons and gallons of water each year in the sea but are not conscious of the beauty inside the externally plain sea water I believe that this is the reason why Sidman is forced to use Almost too beautiful to eat 12 , for people are consuming them by the millions every single day This book shows us the unseen beauty and strength of organisms in our everyday world that we take for granted and dissects them and therefore I rate it a 4 5 star book Joyce Sidman could easily be the next Langston Hughes, or the next Shel Silverstein, for her words are intricately woven and flow like the river In this compilation of poems that are as beautiful as the items they describe, Joyce Sidman has produced another masterpiece.


  6. says:

    Ubiquitous is a rather unusual book, verging on being an informative book on the one hand and a poetry volume on the other.As far as the informative side of Ubiquitous is concerned, the book contains a very detailed descriptions of the living forms, such as lichens, mollusks or the ants The descriptions are composed of complex sentences that frequently contain advanced, specific vocabulary, such as acid rain or pollen While using such specific terms is certainly necessary to provide an exhaustive description of particular living forms, I am not quite sure whether children would fully comprehend such vocabulary Still, encountering advanced terms while reading might trigger a child to look their meaning up in a dictionary or consult them with parents, which might turn out to be very beneficial for vocabulary expansion.I am also quite confused when it comes to the poems On the one hand, they seem not to fit into the informative character of the book On the other hand, though, they offer a completely different view on the provided information Thus, the young readers get both an informative and poeticised insight to the lives of different creatures I think that these contrasting ways of presenting the same issue might help to involve in reading both the scientifically thinking and the creative, art favouring kids Ubiquitous is a well designed book I especially liked the changing perspective the readers look at the living things from above, from below, from the distance and from very close In a way, this feels like being an explorer who almost touches the plants he examines but keeps the distance from the wolves he watches The illustrations did not seem particularly appealing to me due to their lack of consistency Some drawings are detailed whereas other seem to be quite plain I guess I expected details from the pictures in an informative book I liked the pictures on the front and end pages, though The idea of depicting the millions of years of life development on Earth with the help of one twisted line is just amazing.Overall I am not in awe but the book is quite fine It should be read by children who are already able to comprehend its complicated texts or by children who are accompanied by an adult willing to help them to properly understand Ubiquitous.


  7. says:

    Ubiquitous is probably far than a two star book to the right child There s a lot going on here It explores lots of different life forms plant as well as animal , some of which younger kids may not even be aware of, and the text for each, while interesting, is advanced It s probably at a 4th 6th grade reading level In addition to descriptive text, the pictures of each life form were also accompanied by a poem This is a nice touch if the kids you re dealing with like poetry My niece and nephew are not big poetry fans, so we didn t even bother reading the poems.My niece and I got about half way through this book before she lost interest in it she s 8 While I think this is a book that she would be likely to enjoy when she s older, it s just too much for her right now, I think She and my nephew did appreciate the pictures, however.


  8. says:

    This is a wonderful book, a unique combination of poetry, science and art The illustrations are great and the line drawing of the timeline of evolution on the endpages is very mind boggling The author s and illustrator s notes at the end were very informative and afterwards we visited the author s website www.joycesidman.com as recommended We read this book slowly, savoring one or two creatures at a time so as to fully appreciate the book This is definitely one I d read again, even just for me This story was selected as one of the books for the June 2013 Poetry discussion at the Picture Book Club in the Children s Books Group here at Goodreads.


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    audience This book would be best for students in grades 2 5 This book would be a good choice for students that are interested in animals, biology, and the history of animal and plant species.appeal This book is full of facts about animals and plants, and how they have adapted and survived since the beginning of time To accompany the facts this book also contains poems written about the different animals and plants The books also contains text features that are appealing to students The illustrations are very life like and represent the books content well Although students would not have to read the book from front to back, this non fiction book is written in a way that can be read front to back in a story like manner.from the School LIbrary Journal award list


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    A great marriage of curious scientific detail, poetry pieces, and vivid illustrations Nature s survivors are depicted from oldest to youngest from bacteria to humans Important environmental concepts are outlined in the descriptive paragraphs addressing evolution, adaptability and other significant details of the species social system such as ants cooperative nature often studied and copied by corporations The book ends on a somber note talking about humans as one of the most destructive species on earth.


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Ubiquitous summary pdf Ubiquitous , summary chapter 2 Ubiquitous , sparknotes Ubiquitous , Ubiquitous b41a03a From The Creators Of The Caldecott Honor Book Song Of The Water Boatman And Other Pond Poems Comes A Celebration Of Ubiquitous Life Forms Among Us Newbery Honor Winning Poet Joyce Sidman Presents Another Unusual Blend Of Fine Poetry And Fascinating Science Illustrated In Exquisite Hand Colored Linocuts By Caldecott Honor Artist Beckie PrangeUbiquitous Yoo Bik Wi Tuhs Something That Is Or Seems To Be Everywhere At The Same TimeWhy Is The Beetle, BornMillion Years Ago, Still With Us Today Because Its Wings Mutated And Hardened How Did The Gecko SurviveMillion Years By Becoming Nocturnal And Developing Sticky Toe Pads How Did The Shark And The Crow And The Tiny Ant Survive Millions And Millions Of Years WhenPercent Of All Life Forms On Earth Have Become Extinct, Why Do Some Survive And Survive Not Just In One Place, But In Many Places In Deserts, In Ice, In Lakes And Puddles, Inside Houses And Forest And Farmland Just How Do They Become Ubiquitous

  • Hardcover
  • 40 pages
  • Ubiquitous
  • Joyce Sidman
  • English
  • 04 March 2018
  • 9780618717194

About the Author: Joyce Sidman

The Newbery Honor winner Joyce Sidman is today s foremost nature poet for children Accolades for her books include two Caldecott Honors, a Lee Bennet Hopkins Award, winner of the Claudia Lews Award, and many stars and best of lists For her award winning body of work, she won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota Visit