Ubiquitous

Ubiquitous

Celebrating Nature's Survivors

Book - 2010
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Poems and factual information about some of the creatures that live on Planet Earth.
Publisher: Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010.
ISBN: 9780618717194
0618717196
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Prange, Beckie

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LPL_ShirleyB Jul 28, 2017

Combining poetry, art & science inspires curiosity to explore our interconnected natural world, including evolutionary biology. Although intended for kids up to age 12, many adults will also appreciate this celebration of deep time. Further reading is highlighted in the back of the book. This ALA Notable book is one of many attractive kids’ books of nature revelry by author Joyce Sidman that I’m curious to investigate soon.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 17, 2013

We first saw Sidman and Prange working together on Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems, which immediately went on to win a highly coveted Caldecott Honor. Now 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.

quagga May 16, 2010

Bacteria, mollusks, lichens, beetles, grasses, squirrels and humans are some of the species that Sidman praises in her poems about creatures that can be found almost everywhere on Earth. A timeline on the inside flaps starts 4.6 billion years ago. Artist Prange folded the timeline many times into itself in order to fit on two pages a scale of 1 centimetre = 1 million years. Throughout the book, each species has a poem on the left page and tidbits of scientific information on the right-hand side. I was amazed to learn that the toe pads of geckos (a 160 million-year-old family) have "thousands of microscopic hairlike projections that cling to surfaces at a molecular level." The mixed media art - linocut prints embellished with colours - work well to tie each two-page spread together. A joyful celebration of our wonderful world. All ages.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 17, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 10

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 17, 2013

“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.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 17, 2013

In a 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 / more.”

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