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Wings on the wind : bird poems
Kiesler, Kate.
Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
A collection of serious and humorous poems about birds by such authors as Eleanor Farjeon, Carl Sandburg, and Edward Lear.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 59152.
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PS595.B54 W56 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A solemn heron, a melodic blackbird, a fluffy chick--birds have inspired wonderful poetry. The fine feathered poems collected here celebrate birds: the wonders of flight, the miracle of nests, the magic of song. Rich with the words of such poets as Margaret Wise Brown, Edward Lear, and Kristine O'Connell George, this anthology has been compiled and beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Kate Kiesler. Her vividly painted birds and stunning landscapes make this unique collection soar.

Author Notes

Born in New Hampshire and raised in Vermont, Kate Kiesler began painting at an early age. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now paints and illustrates full-time. Kate paints with oils, and her rich style has been highly praised. Kate Kiesler has illustrated numerous picture books, including The Great Frog Race and Other Poems . She lives in Frisco, Colorado.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3-7. «Look at songs / Hidden in eggs» Carl Sandburg advised in «Look at Six Eggs.» This Sandburg poem nestles among 21 others, which range from poems by well-known writers to anonymous verse. Edward Lear («The Pelican Chorus»), Robert Louis Stevenson («Time to Rise»), Margaret Wise Brown («Those Crazy Crows»), and Eleanor Farjeon («House Hunters») are among the celebrated poets here. Two traditional nonsense poems, «Mrs. Hen» and «Five Little Owls,» should delight young readers. The poems show different types of birds (sandpiper, parrot, heron, parakeet, blackbird, barn swallow) and different types of bird movement. The first poem, «House Hunters,» concerns the return of birds in early spring; poems that celebrate migration include «Go Southward, Birds,» by Elizabeth Coatsworth, and «Something Told the Wild Geese,» by Rachel Field. Kiesler's oil paintings offer vivid landscapes and bird close-ups. Connie Fletcher.

Publisher's Weekly Review

From barn-swallows to mockingbirds, and eggs to baby birds, Kate Kiesler's outstanding oils add graceful complement to the poetry of Margaret Wise Brown, Carl Sandburg, Elizabeth Coatsworth and others in Wings on the Wind: Bird Poems, a companion volume to Fishing for a Dream: Ocean Lullabies and Night Verses. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-5-A fine collection. Many of the poets' names will be familiar-Eleanor Farjeon, Carl Sandburg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Margaret Wise Brown, Rachel Field-but some are not as well known, and several selections are by anonymous authors. While most of the pieces focus on wild birds, Kiesler has included one about a young girl's pet parakeet and two fanciful pieces-an anonymously written poem about a pirate's parrot and an excerpt from Edward Lear's "The Pelican Chorus." Many of the impressionist full- and double-page oil paintings show charming rural and pastoral scenes, and often include children playing and observing nature. Others feature close-ups of the birds mentioned in the accompanying text. While this is not a first purchase, librarians on the lookout for short, topical anthologies will want to consider it.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.