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Thunder Underground Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-23 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1590789369
LANGUAGE:English

"This wonderful collection of poems celebrates the world beneath our feet. With beautiful mixed media drawings, readers get to explore basements, subways, ant cities, and many other aspects of the underground world. Scientific and personal notes on the poems at the end of the book help make this a great starting point for more research. This book would be a terrific resource to have on the bookshelf and would pair well with the Over and Under books (Over and Under the Snow & Over and Under the Pond) by Kate Messner." said.

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"Master writer Jane Yolen has done it again. Her collection of poetry about what can be found underground is entertaining and informative. Everything from basements to underground rivers are explored and explained in various poetic forms. Some of the verses are introduced by quotes from other sources, but most leave it up to the reader to delve in and make connections with the meaning. "Thunder Underground," the title of the book, is also the title of a poem that describes the movement of beetles. Josee Masse's illustrations capture the charm and mystery of the poem's subject matter. On a page that deals with spelunking, we can see salamanders, scorpions, and other cave dwellers scampering just out of the light from an explorer's headlamp. "Corny Conversations" shares the news that corn rootlings communicate, and the picture shows rings like sonar radiating out from the plants. Dinosaur lovers will enjoy the variety of skeletal structures depicted on the pages along with the poem "Notes from Some Old Fossils."

Whether your interest is poetry, science, or a love of all things written by Jane Yolen, this book does not disappoint. Perfect to use as examples of how poetry can reflect nature and scientific topics (pair with Joyce Sidman), or to look at poetic language ("skirls of change: lacings of pipes, snorkeling sewers"), and a great addition to collections in elementary school libraries and classrooms.
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" 3.25 stars For me....abstract poetry is like abstract art...either you like it and get it , or you are like "get to the point already I'm dying!!!" Some poems I liked, some I couldn't wait to be over! BUT what makes it worth the read is the pictures! Very nicely done! It also teaches different structures of poems. They aren't all equal syllables and stanza! If you need an elementary poetry book, this is a good pick! Do I think it is an award winner for Beehive! Not sure! Wouldn't make my short list!
May 17, 2017 I thought I hadn't finished this book and it has been sitting under my desk...so I finished it and I would like a do over! It is being upgraded to 3.50 stars Not a big leap, but still, with poetry I think I really need to read it twice before I am too critical!
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" Nice collection of poems talking about all things underground, the illustrations add a nice context to seeing below as well. " said.

" Beautiful poetry collection! These poems wrap together poems about nature, about hidden places, about the roots we all have. Just really wonderful--and fabulous art! " said.

" Poems devoted to things found and occurring underground. Back matter following the poems gives background info about the subjects and inspiration for each poem.Mixed media artwork. " said.

" The poems just didn't resonate. " said.

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