Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

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Summary

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

This unique little volume is a collection of poems that are written to be read aloud by two people. Each poem has two parts, one for each reader. The way in which the parts are printed on the page indicates whether they are to be recited separately or simultaneously. The novelty of this approach should peak the interest of both young people and adults. The poems themselves are witty and delightful. The first-person profiles of fourteen different insects can be read for pleasure or for study in language arts or science classes.

An appealing feature of the book are the stunning black and white illustrations by Eric Beddows. The meticulous detail and humorous highlights of these pencil and charcoal drawings add dimension to the text and focus the reader's attention on particular characteristics of each of the insects represented.