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Cyrus, Kurt.
San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.
IL 3-6, RL 3.9
ISBN 0152022058
Kurt Cyrus begins Oddhopper Opera with a garden about to awaken after winter.
“Once upon a Garden rotten,
twice forlorn and half forgotten…
Drip-drip-cold and wet.
Winter isn’t over yet.
Drip-drip-soaking, sopping,
Always dripping, never stopping.
Drip-drip-sound of thunder
wakes a weevil way down under.
Drip-drip-burrow deep.
Wait for spring.  Go back to sleep.”
Then the insects start to awaken in the garden as spring and summer unfold.
Meet the aphids, beetles, and bees,
as well as the snake, the centipedes, and the ants-if you please.
We meet the pollywogs
Who turn into frogs,
And then spiders and the snails
Who leave long icky trails.
What do the insects do all spring and summer long?
Then comes the fall, no matter what may go wrong.
Read Oddhopper Opera by Mr. Kurt Cyrus
   And then come tell us all about it-
   Just sit right here beside us.
Prepared by:  Mary Hall for South Carolina Children's Book Award
SUBJECTS:     Insects -- Poetry.
                        Gardens -- Poetry.
                        American poetry.


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