Today at the Bluebird Cafe

A Branchful of Birds

By Deborah Ruddell; Joan Rankin (Illustrator)
(Margaret K. McElderry Books, Hardcover, 9780689871535, 40pp.)

Publication Date: February 2007

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It's all-you-can-eat
at the Bluebird Café,
A grasshopper-katydid-cricket buffet,
with berries and snails
and a bluebottle fly,
a sip of the lake
and a bite of the sky.

A world of birds unfolds in twenty-two vivid poems that capture the unique personalities of birds from backyard blue jays to toucans and cockatoos. Come sweep through the sky with an eagle, compare table manners with a vulture, and mock a mockingbird -- if you dare!

Debora Ruddell's poems are funny and thoughtful, silly and sweet. Joan Rankin's delightful pictures enchant the eye and tickle the funny bone. There is something for everyone who flies through the pages of this brilliantly birdbrained book.

About the Author
Deborah Ruddell is the author of the celebrated picture books "Who Said Coo?", illustrated by Robin Luebs, and "A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk" and "Today at the Bluebird Cafe, "both illustrated by Joan Rankin. Before writing children's books, she was an art teacher and a graphic designer. Deborah lives in Peoria, Illinois. Visit her at

Joan Rankin has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children. She received the South African HAUM Dann Retief Prize for Children's Book Illustration in 1986 and the Katrina Harris Award for Children's Book Illustration in 1991. Books she has illustrated include "A Frog in the Bog" by Karma Wilson and "Off to First Grade" by Louise Borden. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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