Joyce Sidman and Beckie Prange collaborated on Song of the Water Boatman: and Other Pond Poems in 2005, and won a Caldecott Honor Award. Ubiquitous has an even more ingenious premise. It investigates the ultimate survivors in nature, the species that have flourished for millions of years. Through remarkable adaptability and tenacity, these organisms have become truly “ubiquitous.” Fourteen species are described with a poem, an illustration, and a brief history of the species. Sharks and beetles are among the more common ancient species we know, but squirrels, coyotes and crows are also long-term survivors. The poem and illustrations are descriptive of the personality of each species, with facts about how each species has adapted to survive.
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