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Pond Circle

Illustrated by Stefano Vitale

    About The Book

    On a summer night by a small pond, all seems still. But a closer look reveals a world of activity—mayflies dart, beetles dive, frogs spring, skunks shuffle, and owls swoop. As a young girl watches, the circle of life unfolds. Betsy Franco’s rhythmic, cumulative text makes this a lively read-aloud, and rich, luminous paintings by Stefano Vitale capture the bold beauty of nature. Young readers will be inspired to journey into their own backyards and discover the wonder of the living, breathing world around them.

    About The Author

    Photograph by Rochael Soper

    Betsy Franco is the author of numerous books for children, including Counting Our Way to the 100th Day! and Mathematickles!, both illustrated by Steven Salerno; and Birdsongs, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. She and her husband live in Palo Alto, California. They have three sons -- two actors and a sculptor. Visit Betsy's website at

    About The Illustrator

    Stefano Vitale is the illustrator of several books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Why War Is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker. Stefano lives with his wife and children in Venice, Italy. Please visit his website at

    Product Details

    • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 9, 2009)
    • Length: 32 pages
    • ISBN13: 9781416940210
    • Grades: P - 3
    • Ages: 4 - 8

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    Awards and Honors

    • California Collections
    • Bank Street Best Books of the Year - with Outstanding Merit

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