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Feathers : poems about birds
Spinelli, Eileen.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, [2004]

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39 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
More than twenty-five poems about both common and unusual birds.
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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.

Author Notes

Eileen Spinelli was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 16, 1942. After high school, she worked as a waitress at a local diner, a secretary, and answered phones at an airplane factory. She eventually became the author of children's books. Her picture books include Thanksgiving at the Tappletons, Do You have a Hat, While You are Away, When Mama Comes Home Tonight, Wanda's Monster, Here Comes the Year, A Big Boy Now, and Hug a Bug. She is also the author of several short novels including Lizzie Logan Wears Purple Sunglasses, Lizzie Logan Gets Married, and Lizzie Logan, Second Banana. She received the Christopher Award for Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3. This poetry collection features 27 short, rhyming poems, each written about a different species and brightly illustrated on a single- or double-page spread. Some of the verses are addressed to a particular bird, while others make observations or provide information about it. In a few cases, readers may be left wondering if the words in the rhymed verse represent fact or fancy, as in Playful toucan / plucks a berry / tosses it / to toucan two. In most cases, these questions are answered in the appended notes, which also give a few miscellaneous facts about each bird mentioned. McCue's accessible watercolor-and-acrylic paintings often show the birds in action. Third-grade readers will be able to read the poems on their own; however, younger children may enjoy hearing them read aloud. For larger collections. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-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. The feathered subjects, native to various parts of the world, seem to have been chosen for their peculiar characteristics or habits (the weaverbird for its odd, communal nest; the nighthawk for its nighttime feeding flights; the bowerbird for its courtship ritual; the penguin for its inability to fly). Spinelli has used a variety of poetic forms, such as quatrain, limerick, and rhymed couplets. Brief notes offering a bit more information about each bird are appended. Nearly all of the watercolor-and-acrylic illustrations are bordered-some edged in stylized design; some framed in a piece of vine or tree branch; some surrounded by ethnic designs from Africa, Australia, Egypt, or the American Southwest. Although many of the birds seem to be smiling, their appearance is quite realistic, and they are shown in their native habitats. A pleasing and playful collection.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.