Team read aloud!

0060218525So this is a little bit of weird one. But it’s so very good.

Paul Fleischman’s Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices is exactly what the title says—it’s a book of poems for two voices. Each of the poems in the book is carefully crafted for two people to read aloud together. One person reads one column, the other person reads the other, and their two voices mesh together to create one whole poem. So for example:

Water striders 01Water striders 02How cool is that?? So cool.

This is a book that I never would have discovered if I hadn’t been a bookseller at Politics & Prose (despite the fact that it won the 1989 Newbery Medal). It was just sitting on the shelf in the poetry section, and I was just sitting around with no customers late on a Thursday night, and we found each other. The next day I made several of my coworkers read out loud with me, because this book just begs to be heard, immediately. And it’s great on the page, but oh so much better when you read it as a team.

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