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  1. I felt it was an interesting idea for a book and I loved the illustrations, but didn’t feel the poetry was very good. I did like that there was a good selection of poems – of various lengths, rhyme scheme and rhythms, but was not my favorite. I could see using a poem “here and there” in storytimes. When using the poem, I would also spend time with each illustration, asking the children what they saw going on in the picture.

  2. ‘Perhaps poetry & imagination can add to the exploration without moving anything except our minds & our hearts’—words from pg. 32 of Thunder Underground. Again-this book did not disappoint. With a mentor text such as this during a poetry unit would be a success for all educators and learners. The connection of STEM-STEAM within this story would differentiate and challenge all through text and personal poems.
    5 stars.

  3. It wouldn’t be a sole choice for a poem segment at school but it could supplement. Reading a few of the poems that stand out and letting the kids read more if they want on their own, would be a good use of the book. It was kind of a weird list of “under” things but maybe kids don’t care or notice.

  4. I’d use this when I talk about poetry with my class, I feel that is something I need to add to with my students. It was interesting to see what different things she talked about under the ground. I could tie it too, into our Geography 4 Today lesson that talks about volcanoes. This book just took a bit to get into. ***

  5. I would consider adding this book to my poetry collection and highlighting it during our 6 week poetry unit. While it is unlikely that I would read this entire book aloud, I would specifically highlight the poems related to botany (Seeds, Corny Conversation and Three Things I Know about the Roots of Trees) as we study botany all year long. I really appreciated the author’s notes at the back of the book that provide more information and facts to support the poems. I think there are students who would be fascinated with this book.

  6. I liked the book. I liked how the author used poetry to write about all the different sounds you hear and see underground. I liked how she talked of man made things and nature things found underground. I liked the illustrations in this book too. I would read this as a read aloud. I rate it as a 4.

  7. Who enjoyed the first pages of Shakespeare or Dickens? But, after a few chapters, it grows on you. I had a similar experience with this book. As I continued to read through it, I was pulled into it and enjoyed the poetry. The poems contained facts and whimsy. This approach had an interesting and unique flavor. I thought the artwork added to the theme and really enhanced my enjoyment of the book. “The Notes on the Poems” in the back of the book are helpful. Some of the poems contained information I didn’t know, so it was helpful that the notes pertained to my questions. I didn’t have to research further, unless I chose to dig deeper. I believe this book would be the type of book a child would want read at bedtime over and over. 5 stars

  8. I am learning to like and appreciate poetry, and found this collection quite entertaining. The underground theme was intriguing. I thought it was clever to include a poem about the basement, and make it about discovery. I would use this book to talk about poetry forms and devices. I also think the pure fun of listening to Jan Yolen’s word play would be simple entertainment for older primary.

  9. I’m a huge fan of Jane Yolen but this book didn’t really do much for me but that doesn’t mean kids won’t like it. I thought the poems were just okay but I appreciated the theme and how all the poems were tied together with the “underground” idea. I can see this book being used in the classroom as part of a poetry unit. Kids may like to try to write their own “underground” themed poems. Rating 3/5 stars

  10. This book felt pretty disjointed to me. While I do understand that Yolen carried the “Under” theme throughout, some of them seemed like a reach to connect to the others. None of the poems felt all that special to me. I sort of feel like this got published because of her notoriety, not because the poems were all that strong. I think the poem Subway could be enjoyed by primary grade students. I kept trying to figure out how I might use these poems and just couldn’t come up with anything great.
    2 stars

  11. I love the adventure she takes us on as we discover “What is under our feet?” through her poems. The “notes on the poems” page at the back of the book is a wonderful addition of information for each poem. This whole area of sound under the ground hasn’t been explored much and will fascinate students. However, it should be introduced by some explanation and work up front and then be followed up by a class poem.

  12. Prior to introducing this book, I would talk about things that are under. Like under: a bed, a tree, the ocean, a pie crust, a school roof. Then help generate a classroom poem on a topic. Afterwards introduce the book and choose a couple poems to read aloud. Yes the book would be hard just to read, yet it had wonderful expanded vocabulary and created images. Many words could branch off into a study on verbs, adjectives, similes, etc. students could also creat poems of their own on “over”. ****

  13. First, poetry is not my favorite genre. That being said, Thunder Underground was not a favorite book of mine. The illustrations were fun, but I did not connect with any of the poems. It could be included in a library or as one of many poetry books for a lesson.

  14. I really didn’t like this book. The poems where a little advanced for 2nd graders. If I had to use this book I would be very selective as to which poems I introduced to the students. I rate this book 3 stars.

  15. This book would work well as part of a poetry unit. It covers lots of different topics which I think students would enjoy. This could also be used to connect literature to Science, which I always love to do. I think students would enjoy the poems and the beautiful illustrations.
    4/5 stars

  16. I did not really enjoy this book. I did not enjoy the poetry. This illustrations were really great, but I just didn’t enjoy the poetry. If I had to use this in class, I would pick out specific poems to read to the students and talk about the meanings in the poem. Sometimes poetry can be hard for children and adults, but when we analyze it we can gain a better understanding.
    I rate this book 3 stars

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