Dark Emporer & Other Poems of the Night
By Joyce Sidman, Illustrated by Rick Allen
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
Newbery Honor Book
Written by scientist and poet Joyce Sidman, readers are introduced to the creatures of night. From the better known Raccoon, Porcupettes (infant porcupines) and spiders, to the lesser known Primrose Moth, efts and snails. Readers learn how and why these creatures prefer the night and thrive in the darkness. Readers even learn how the moon makes it light to shine at night and how trees use the night to recover and repair themselves, growing new roots and distributing water to nourish itself through its complex system of “veins”. Told in a poetic voice, readers “experience” the night in a way no science book can. Beautifully written, blending science of nature with the art of nature.
Each poem has an illustration and a few words in prose, further enhancing the poem’s subject. Discover other science/poetry books by Joyce Sidman, including Song of the Waterboatman and other Pond Poems (Caldecott Honor Book, BCCB Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award) (See review by Susan), Butterfly Eyes and other Secrets of the Meadow, and Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold.