A lyrical narration and breathtaking illustrations transport us to the world of a pond with all its sights, sounds, and pulsing life.

The red-winged blackbird spreads his tail
and sings his hello morning song;
he has sung it since the bright
and misty world began.

When the soft pink of the dawn sun starts peeking over the pond, a new day has begun for all the animals who live in it and around its watery edges. The friendly duck family, the mysterious water striders, and the busy beaver are a few of the many fascinating and familiar animals included in this glowing poetic tribute to the lively ecosystem of the pond. A companion to In the Sea, In the Wild, On the Farm, and In the Woods, At the Pond brings readers to the pond’s sun-dappled shores, pairing David Elliott’s witty and enchanting animal poems with Amy Schimler-Safford’s luminous and evocative scenes of pond life. Back matter notes about the animals and plants will further captivate young nature lovers.


David Elliott is the author of many books for young readers, including In the Woods, On the Farm, In the Wild, In the Sea, and In the Past, companion books to At the Pond. He is also the author of Baabwaa and Wooliam, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. David Elliott lives in New Hampshire.

Amy Schimler-Safford is the illustrator of several books for children, including Inky’s Amazing Escape by Sy Montgomery and Why Is the Sky Blue? by Geraldine Taylor. She has also illustrated apparel, fabric, greeting cards, gift wrap, and more. Amy Schimler-Safford lives in Georgia.


Elliott invites readers into another poetic exploration of the natural world. . . With each page-turn, Elliott’s sensory verse introduces a new resident of this habitat. . . Richly textured mixed-media illustrations present views of the pond and its inhabitants throughout the day. . . a celebration of observation, and readers will surely heed the beckoning call of that red-winged blackbird beyond the book’s pages.

The Horn Book

This is another invitation to look more closely at the world around us, especially those parts we tend to take for granted, to extend vocabulary and writing skills to describe it in poetry or depict it in artworks, or if that isn’t a strength, create a brief factual description using those included as a model.

Read Plus

Other books you'll love