|On the Wing by David Elliott, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander.|
Candlewick Press, 2014.
I always feel a little guilty come April. It's National Poetry Month, yet I don't seem to expose my daughters to as much poetry anymore. My husband is the poetry-lover, but I'm the one checking out the books! This one, however, I did manage to grab, and it's a beauty. It's perfect for spring, too, in that it's a book of poems about birds.
Birds are another of Mr. B's loves. I'm sure he would have grabbed this one himself, if I wasn't the one visiting the library once or twice a week.
David Elliott's poems are simple, often humorous, and match Becca Stadtlander's gorgeous illustrations perfectly.
"The Hummingbird" buzzes across the page, just like the little bird.
"The Caribbean Flamingo" is more challenging, a great example of metaphor for youngsters.
I love "The Cardinal." Just when I feel bad for the Plain Jane...
And "The Puffin" made the girls giggle.
Sorry I didn't have more to recommend for National Poetry Month this year, but this one is well worth a trip to the library or bookstore! Happy Reading!