Written to be read aloud by two voices, sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous -- here is a recording of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise. Winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal.
I Am Pheonix
I Am Phoenix is an exultant celebration of the sounds and essence of the bird world. A companion to Joyful Noise, written to be spoken aloud by two voices and masterfully performed by Lloyd and Twomey, these poems perfectly capture the beauty of birds in their singing, soaring and rejoicing.
Performed by John Bedford and Anne Twomey
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Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California in a house with a printing press, a grand piano, a shortwave radio, and his father—children’s author Sid Fleischman. Playing recorder in early music consorts led to his books of verbal duets—I Am Phoenix, Joyful Noise (winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal), and Big Talk. His novels built from monologues include Bull Run, a 16-character account of the Civil War's first battle, and Seedfolks—the chronicle of the first year of a Cleveland community garden. His interest in theater inspired his young adult novels Mind's Eye, Seek, and Breakout, all of which revolve around the spoken word. His historical fiction includes Saturnalia and The Borning Room. He's written nonfiction and picture books as well, including Time Train, Weslandia, and Sidewalk Circus.
Alongside the Newbery Medal, he's won a Newbery Honor Book, the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the PEN West Literary Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and most recently was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Award. He makes his home in the village of Aromas, California.
John Bedford Lloyd's film credits include Philadelphia, The Abyss, and Crossing Delancy and he has made numerous television appearances on shows such as Law & Order, Spin City and The Equalizer.
Anne Twomey starred on Broadway in Nuts for which she received a Tony® nomination, and Orpheus Descending, and has appeared in numerous episodes on such television shows as Law & Order, L.A. Law, and Seinfeld.From AudioFile:
This recording is an audio treat! Paul Fleischman's books of poetry for two voices, Joyful Noise and I am Phoenix, have been acclaimed (Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise) and are favorite reading material. But now, the listener will never do anything else but listen to the poems. Melissa Hughes, Scott Snively, and supporting young voices transport the listener to Fleischman's world of insects and birds. Their voices are crisp and eager. The play between multiple voices brings natural moments into memorable focus whether it be the flash of the fireflies' lights, the mimicry of the mockingbird, the conflicting viewpoints of life in a bee hive, or the flurry of early morning finches. Listen and enjoy, and listen and enjoy again! A.R. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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