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Spring Equations
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Poetry + Math + Science = A new way of looking at springMath meets metaphor in this eye-opening exploration of spring. Each clever equation is a tiny, perfect poem that prompts readers to look at the...
Poetry + Math + Science = A new way of looking at springMath meets metaphor in this eye-opening exploration of spring. Each clever equation is a tiny, perfect poem that prompts readers to look at the...
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  • Poetry + Math + Science = A new way of looking at spring
    Math meets metaphor in this eye-opening exploration of spring. 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.

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  • From the book BIG beaver + BIG beaver = little beaver

    Happy birthday! Many baby animals are born in spring. A newborn beaver kit weighs less than a loaf of bread. A spring birthday gives it plenty of time to grow and learn survival skills before winter comes.

    talons + pond = fast food

    In spring, bald eagles that wintered down south fly north again. On their way to the northern United States and Canada, they swoop down to scoop up tasty fish dinners.

About the Author-

  • Laura Purdie Salas knows that poetry and science are both about exploring the world. Part poet and part scientist, Laura is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books, including If You Were the Moon, A Rock Can Be, and Water Can Be. She experiences spring, summer, fall, and winter in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    Micha Archer's radiant collage illustrations for this book grew out of a New England spring. Micha is the author and illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem, as well as the illustrator of Around the World in a Bathtub, Lola's Fandango, and The Wise Fool. She lives in western Massachusetts. www.artmicha.com

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  • Kirkus

    December 15, 2018
    "Equation poems" explore the science and poetry behind the processes of nature."I am in awe of the scientific processes that make sunsets, storms, and, of course, spring," states Salas. Her volume begins with late-winter scenes in New England as "spring tiptoes in." Each page is a pleasing mix of colorful tissue-paper collage art, equation poems, and a bit of lively exposition discussing the science behind the equations. "Riverbank + otters = playground" features otters at play and text stating that "In spring, otters slip and slide in the dirty, slushy snow. No mittens. No hats. Just messy, muddy, mucky fun." A pair of brown-skinned siblings initially decked out in colorful winter garb are on hand in some scenes, their clothes changing with the seasons. The children's sense of fun and wonder enhances each scene they are in. One particularly beautiful page offers "1 dandelion x 1 breath = 100 parachutes." It appears opposite the "dusk + skunks = parade" equation, but happily, skunks are nocturnal, as the text informs readers. Not every equation adds up, though. Is "stampede" the best word in "stream + snowmelt = stampede!"? All in all, though, beautifully original art complements the fun of the playful poetry.Poetry + art = beauty. (author's note, illustrator's note, further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 28, 2019
    Salas posits that fully experiencing the seasons means looking through the lenses of both scientific study and art: “science + poetry = surprise!/ Science is why and how a/ flower grows. Poetry is/ looking at that flower and/ seeing a firework. Surprise!” In the early spring, “warmth + light = alarm clock.” Salas explains that “hibernating animals wake up when spring days/ grow warmer and stronger.” Elsewhere, “bark + beak = drum.” The beak belongs to a woodpecker tapping against a tree “to claim its territory/ or attract a mate.” Archer’s torn paper collage and oil art offers sharp contrast in visual textures and colors. A bright, feathery blue and green river flows past a yellow riverbank; above lies the white of the melting snow. Elsewhere, child characters play and explore outdoors, one boy climbing a tree to the sound of frog songs (“frogs + night = symphony”). Nature, the book suggests, offers abundant surprises to those who take the time to notice. Ages 4–8.

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