Catch the Sky is a wonderfully crafted, cross-curricular text that integrates learning outcomes from Science, English Language Arts, and Arts Education. Award-winning poet Robert Heidbreder has created poems that support students’ consideration of common objects in the sky, natural and artificial sources of light and sound, and weather patterns. The playful poems offer opportunities for students to visualize and play with elements of design as they listen to the descriptive text. The rhyming couplet style encourages students to play with language helps them discover how it works. Heidbreder’s poems model the use of literary devices and parts of speech, encouraging new ideas for students to create their own nature-inspired poems.
40 pp., 9 × 11", colour illustrations
Source: Association of Book Publishers of BC - BC Books for Schools (2021-2022)
About the authors
Robert Heidbreder was born in Illinois but now lives in British Columbia. He has enchanted children with his joyful poems and rhymes for more than two decades. A former elementary school teacher (and winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence), he believes that children's love of silly and absurd combinations of words makes them natural poets. His books include Eenie Meenie Manitoba, Don't Eat Spiders, I Wished for a Unicorn, Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, Python Play, See Saw Saskatchewan, Crocodiles Say, A Sea-Wishing Day, Lickety-Split, Crocodiles Play, Shake-Awakes, Noisy Poems for a Busy Day, Black and Bittern Was Night and Song for a Summer Night.
“Inviting…these lighthearted poems will entertain the youngest nature and poetry enthusiasts.”
“Deceptively simple... clever and effective for the pre- and primary school nature shelves….this author makes the rhyming, alliteration, and scansion seem effortless.”
“A multicultural cast of children are shown revelling in the outdoors and witnessing much of what it has to offer. … Readers are encouraged to observe and appreciate the natural world around them.”
“Each page spread has a stunning illustration as well as a poem that features air. These poems talk about the importance of air, the recreation we enjoy with it and more. Love!”
—Book Nerd Mommy (blog)