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The Resource On the wing, David Elliott ; illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

On the wing, David Elliott ; illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

Label
On the wing
Title
On the wing
Statement of responsibility
David Elliott ; illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Concise, witty verse and gorgeous illustrations allow readers to marvel up close at more than fifteen birds and make for a book that is sure to be beloved by birders of all ages"--Jacket flap
Writing style
Illustration
Award
School Library Journal Best Books: Nonfiction, 2014
Review
  • Elliott (On the Farm; In the Wild) adds a celebration of birds to his collection of lighthearted animal poetry. The subjects range from familiar backyard neighbors to birds best from nature documentaries: the Andean condor, the puffin, and the bowerbird (“Nature’s fussy,/ lovesick architect”). Some are described in rhyming verse, while others are captured in telegraphic, haikulike fragments. In “The Macaw,” accompanied by newcomer Stadtlander’s painting of the bird’s wildly colored plumage, Elliott writes simply, “Who/ spilled/ the/ paint?” Stadtlander has the challenging job of following in the footsteps of Elliott’s late collaborator Holly Meade (to whom Elliott dedicates this book). Stadtlander paints the birds with meticulous care, framing them against majestic, muted backgrounds whose overcast skies lend a somber feel. In one spread, the bent legs and swooping necks of courting Japanese cranes form an elegant frieze of classical dimensions. While the seriousness of the images is sometimes at cross-purposes with Elliott’s humor, it’s just right for the poet’s more lyrical moments, as when a bald eagle “circles like a prayer,/ on the rising columns/ of the shining,/ sun-warmed air.” Ages 3–7. Illustrator’s agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, Bright Agency. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 21, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 29, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this carefully planned book, readers simultaneously learn key facts about a variety of birds, absorb different forms of poetry and revel in beautiful artwork.The first double-page spread features ruby-throated hummingbirds flitting across a landscape lush with coral and green vines. The poetry appropriately flits as well, reflecting the words that speak of the busy way in which these birds conduct their lives. Each ensuing set of pages also names a bird in bold black print at the top of the verso or the recto, then presents a poem revealing at least one characteristic of that bird. The gouache artwork perfectly matches the varying tones and forms of the poetry, which ranges from the humorous one-sentence poem for the macaw ("Who / spilled / the / paint?") to literary accolades for the albatross to philosophizing about the Andean condor's dark secrets. There is wordplay too, as in this observation of a crow's voice: "pure caw-caw-phony." The power of good poetry glides along through the final three pages, which note that the bald eagle doesn't know the term "bird of prey / though he circles like a prayer // on the rising columns / of the shining, / sun-warmed air."From the graceful cranes flying across its wraparound cover to the single feather on the title page to the soaring eagle at the end, this book astounds. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2014)
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10352401
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
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Elliott, David
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • -1
  • 1
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Stadtlander, Becca
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True
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  • Birds
  • American poetry
  • Children's poetry, American
  • Birds
  • Birds
Target audience
juvenile
Label
On the wing, David Elliott ; illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053350372
Dimensions
28 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763653248
Other physical details
colour illustrations
Label
On the wing, David Elliott ; illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053350372
Dimensions
28 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763653248
Other physical details
colour illustrations

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