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Poems About Birds

By Eileen Spinelli; Lisa McCue (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805067132, 40pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2004


Here is a house, dear robin.
The floor and walls are strong.
It's safe from wind
and snug from rain
and yours for just a song.

Birds of all kinds abound in this sprightly collection of feathery friends

How does a pelican say hello, a dipper swim, or a plover find a meal in a crocodile's mouth? Where does a cygnet go when it is frightened? These are some of the many questions explored in Eileen Spinelli's lyrical poems and Lisa McCue's charming pictures.
Whether children are studying birds in the classroom or are just curious about bird antics and behavior, this playful collection makes an ideal choice for all.

About the Author
EILEEN SPINELLI is the author of many popular books for young readers, including "In My New Yellow Shirt, Here Comes the Year, " and "The Perfect Thanksgiving." Always fascinated by birds, Ms. Spinelli was easily inspired to pen this endearing collection. She lives with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

LISA McCUE is the acclaimed artist of over one hundred books for children, including "Bunny's Noisy Book" by Margaret Wise Brown and the popular Corduroy books (originally created by Don Freeman). Also the illustrator of her own greeting-card line, Ms. McCue lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her family.

Praise For Feathers

"McCue's clean-lined, brightly colored close-ups of smiling birds, all in natural settings framed by garlands of vines, flowers, or patterned ribbons, will draw children to these 27 impish rhymes, each of which celebrates a particular kind of bird." --Kirkus Reviews

"Bright, boldly designed illustrations coupled with short rhyming verses-each one offering a tidbit or two of information-will grab the attention of youngsters just learning about poetry. . . .A pleasing and playful collection." --School Library Journal

"Third grade readers will be able to read the poems on their own; however, younger children may enjoy hearing them read aloud." --Booklist