Today at the Bluebird Cafe: A Branchful of Birds (Hardcover)

A Branchful of Birds

By Deborah Ruddell

Margaret K. McElderry Books, 9780689871535, 40pp.

Publication Date: February 27, 2007



It's all-you-can-eat
at the Bluebird Cafe,
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.

Praise For Today at the Bluebird Cafe: A Branchful of Birds

"A terrific introduction to poetry, with a smile attached."

-- Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"Ruddell demonstrates a passion for winged creatures that readers may
well find palpable and infectious."

-- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)