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Feathers: Poems About Birds

Feathers: Poems About Birds

Eileen Spinelli
Illustrator:  Lisa McCue 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 4 to 8
Henry Holt and Co., 2004   ISBN: 978-0805067132

Have you ever wondered what pigeons did with themselves before they had cities to live in and to explore? Did you know that there are birds that will build a special bower to attract the attention of their lady love? In this highly entertaining and often amusing collection of poems you will find out a great deal about birds which live in countries all around the world. We are going to travel from Africa to Australia, and from rich rainforests to austere deserts as we explore the worlds and lives of some our planet's most beautiful and most curious birds.

Richly and warmly illustrated in watercolor and acrylic, this collection of twenty-eight poems will delight poetry and bird fans alike. With humor and an obvious fondness for her avian subjects, Eileen Spinelli has managed to intergrate a great deal of information about birds into her poems. Blue-footed boobies do indeed execute high step dances and elf owls often make their nests in holes that have been excavated by woodpeckers. Using several different poetry forms the author gives her reader a wonderful picture of her subjects and in the back of the book the author has included "Some Feathery Facts" to further tickle her reader's interest in birds.