Recommended Reading for Kids: Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night

The Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended books for children. Reading expert and Reading Kingdom creator, Dr. Marion Blank explains why:

It’s hard to imagine a situation where science and poetry merge. Yet that is what Joyce Sidman achieves in this book which tells about creatures of the night and the nocturnal life in the forest. Along with the poems, there are factual discussions of the featured subject that contain fascinating and unusual facts that are sure to capture a child’s interest. For example, did you know that a porcupine infant is known as a porcupette? And did you know that a cricket’s wing has a serrated “file,” which the cricket rubs against a hard “scraper” on its other wing to attract a mate? The pictures help the reader grasp the information — so that all the elements work together to transmit clear, fascinating messages.

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