Like most books of poetry, this one probably shouldn't have been consumed in short order. I imagine this book being most interesting one day at a time as a read-aloud. The illustrations are rich and interesting, providing as much as possible a perspective from in the pond. My favorite illustration was for the wood duck. Favorite poem was the first, "Listen for Me", about spring peepers. It's alternating-stanza b-rhyme scheme was a nice complement to the repetition to the repeating a-words rhymed throughout each stanza.