Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night

Sidman, Joyce

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
A 2011 Newbery Honor Book Come feel the cool and shadowed breeze, come smell your way among the trees, come touch rough bark and leathered leaves: Welcome to the night. Welcome to the night, where mice stir and furry moths flutter. Where snails spiral into shells as orb spiders circle in silk. Where the roots of oak trees recover and repair from their time in the light. Where the porcupette eats delicacies--raspberry leaves!--and coos and sings. Come out to the cool, night wood, and buzz and hoot and howl--but do beware of the great horned owl-- for it's wild and it's windy way out in the woods! This Newbery Honor-winning picture book combines beautifully written poetry with facts of the forest and elaborate illustrations to form a marvelously engaging collection.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
ISBN: 9780547152288
Characteristics: 29 p. :,col. ill. ;,27 x 28 cm.


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This wonderful piece of literature contains awesome poems and great illustrations to bring this book alive. The author brings this mysterious poem book to life with all the different animals and the wonderful nature they live in. I would definitely utilize this book as a good source in my classrooms to introduce poems to my students.

Mar 25, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I recommend this book because it portrays the animal life that comes to life at night and how all living things have a place with a purpose. I love the illustrations in this book because shows a world beyond our imagination merging the poems with each of the illustration. The animals are giving a unique personality by the author and that brings the ecosystem of this fauna to be appreciated in great detail. The poems are wonderful and encourage the reader to submerge in this dark, mysterious life.

“Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night” is a children’s poetry book. This picture book is full of beautiful pictures filled with even lovelier poems. These poems are about different animals and nature. On the other side of the poems there is a section that explains the nature of the poem that was presented beforehand. It give you different background information and I feel it helps you better understand the poem. When I become a teacher I look forward to introducing poetry to my students and making it realistic like this book. I recommend this book for teachers and parents to read to their children. This will help kids learn to appreciate poetry at an earlier age.


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Mar 25, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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This wonderful story is filled with deep meaningful lines based on life filled animals in a wonderful habitat.

This is a book of poems about nature and animals in their natural habitat. “Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night” also includes information on the animals and the environment that the poem before it talked about.


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Mar 25, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Come and Feel the Cool and shadowed breeze”

Then...upside flip, lock-on grip...stretch, hang, relax. Yawn... dawn.


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