Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday-Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

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by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen
Published 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
32 Pages
Review copy obtained from public library
Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2015-2016

This book combines poetry, beautiful illustrations and nonfiction text about how animals stay alive in the cold. I love the concept of this book. Living in Maine, I have often wondered how many animals survive through the long, frigid winters. Did you know that the entrances to a beaver lodge are all under the ice, but the lodge itself is above water level? And a fox has hearing so acute it can hear a vole moving under the snow! This book is filled with fascinating facts nestled within beautiful poetry and described in short exposition. 
I would highly recommend Winter Bees for grades 3-6. 


  1. It is very much a beautiful book of both poetry and information. I just gave this to a student yesterday who's writing some n-f poetry, Gigi. Thanks!

  2. Joyce Sidman is wonderful. I haven't seen this one yet, but I have no doubt it is as stellar as her other books.

  3. I love that there seems to be lots of nfpb's told in verse! Thanks for reminding me of this!

  4. I enjoyed reading this book earlier this winter. I agree, I think it's for older elementary students. The artwork was exquisite too. I believe I saw she has another book coming out this year.