Birds of a Featherby Jane Yolen
Birds offer endless fascination for those of us patient or lucky enough to catch a glimpse. Fortunately, award-winning writer Jane Yolen and photographer Jason Stemple once again give readers the chance to closely observe a brand-new flock of these creatures in expertly rendered poetry and photographs. Each poem and picture combination beautifully and thoughtfully
Birds offer endless fascination for those of us patient or lucky enough to catch a glimpse. Fortunately, award-winning writer Jane Yolen and photographer Jason Stemple once again give readers the chance to closely observe a brand-new flock of these creatures in expertly rendered poetry and photographs. Each poem and picture combination beautifully and thoughtfully captures both bird and a moment of time. Brief facts about each bird, reviewed by an ornithologist, are included.
Striking photographs of birds that might be seen in the eastern United States illustrate this new collection of 14 poems in varied forms. From bald eagle to marbled godwit, the range is wide. It includes familiar feeder birds like chickadees, birds of ponds and shores like wood ducks, hooded mergansers and sandpipers, as well as less-common birds like the great horned owl, rufous-sided towhee and cedar waxwings. Semple's splendid photographs show birds in the wild—flying, perched in trees or on slender reeds, running along the sand and even bunched on a boardwalk. The colors are true, and the details sharp; careful focus and composition make the birds the center of attention. Yolen's poems comment on these birds' appearances and their curious actions. An eastern kingbird is "a ninja of the air," and "...oystercatchers, unafraid, / Continue on their stiff parade." The mockingbird's "Threesome Haiku" matches his triple repetition of the tune he mocks.Some of the poetry limps, making an easy point rather than enlarging the reader's understanding, but some is memorable. Perhaps most effective is the rhythmic "Terns Galore": "Turning terns are all returning / There upon the shore." Short sidebars add interesting, informative details about each species and Donald Kroodsma, a well-known ornithologist, has added a short foreword. This is a welcome companion toA Mirror to NatureandAn Egret's Day(both 2009). (Informational poetry. 8-11)
Meet the Author
Jane Yolen has received many awards for her writing, including the Regina Medal, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Christopher Medal, the John Burroughs Young Readers Award, and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work. She lives in St. Andrews, Scotland, and Hatfield, Massachusetts.
Jason Stemple is a freelance photographer who provided the photographs for An Egret's Day and A Mirror to Nature by Jane Yolen. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina
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