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Birds of a Feather

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by WordSong
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Mar 14, 2013 Ch_13catherinecooper rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Birds of a Feather is a poetry book that is also an informational text about different birds in the wild. There is a forward to the book that really connects why poetry fits so well with the study of birds. "Scientists collect numbers and study the details, but these poems and photographs give us another angle, reminding us that birds are far more than an accumulation of facts."--Dr. Donald Kroodsma. The photographs of the birds within this book are beautiful and really show how beautiful each o ...more
Apr 18, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Birds of a Feather by Jane Yolen, photographed by Jason Stemple has fourteen poems accompanied with photographs and some facts on each species of bird. There's a foreward by professor Donald Kroodsma, and additional bird photographs.

Stemple's photographs feature detailed images that focus on points made in each poem. My favorite images include chickadee, kingfisher, wood duck, oystercatchers, and marbled godwit.

Yolen pens varied poems about the bald eagle, black-capped chickadee, belted kingfish
Aug 27, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This book offers a lovely combination of poetry, photos and scientific information about fourteen different birds. Each bird has a two-page spread and we loved the pictures of the birds.

Once again, Jane Yolen teams up with her son, Jason Stemple, to create a lovely artistic book in celebration of nature. We've also read A Mirror to Nature: Poems About Reflection and want to read Wild Wings.

The poems are short and the information provided on each bird is just a little tidbit, so it won't overwhe
Rebecca Tenbrook
Feb 05, 2014 Rebecca Tenbrook rated it it was amazing
As a lover of nonfiction I enjoyed this poetry book for the creative way the birds were described in each poem and the fact that each poem was paired with scientific facts about that bird. This book included many different elements of poetry including rhythm, rhyme, figurative language, and even shape. One poem consisted of three haikus to represent the three songs a Mockingbird sings. The imagery in these poems were unique because the poem was paired with a photograph. You could clearly see the ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Lyn rated it liked it

Stunning photographs, taken in the birds' natural habitats, accompany each poem. They were taken by award-winning photographer Jason Stemple. Stemple is the 2011 Artist in Residence in Everglades National Park and son of Yolen and David Stemple.

Birds of a Feather will intrigue both adults and children. Yolen's poetry introduces each bird, beginning with The Regal Eagle. Seeing through Yolen's eyes, the reader will look at birds with a new perspective. Brief, interesting, and often unusual facts
Nov 29, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it
Three cheers for this book: Yay for poetry! Yay for great bird pictures!! Yay for great poems that go with great bird pictures!!! Jane Yolen and her son Jason Stemple make such a great team, and the result is fantastic!
Jan 15, 2015 Kary rated it liked it
Book of poems birds, with factual information. I am not a big fan of poems...except freestyle verse, so this isn't my favorite. But, it would be very good to use in a poetry unit or in tandem with a science unit about birds.
Janet Squires
Oct 15, 2015 Janet Squires rated it it was amazing
Poetry and the natural world -- a lovely pairing, particularly in this instance. Fourteen verses from the talented Yolen offer her affectionate perspective on the life of a wide variety of birds from the stately eagle to the familiar chickadee.

Haiku for a Cool Kingfisher
Hey, girl, fish lover,
Sitting on the dead gray tree,
Love the blue Mohawk.

The subject of each poem is beautifully illustrated by Stemple's eye-catching color photography.
A sidebar offering a short collection of relevant facts ac
Mar 16, 2015 Ursula rated it it was amazing
The combination of facts that relate to the images created in the poem and the beautiful photographs will add to any poetry unit.
Jun 24, 2015 Mckinley rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, poetry, bird
Poem with a bit about the bird.
Mary Ann
Aug 02, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
Jane Yolen and her son once again join forces to give the reader beauty through word and picture. The poems allow the reader to explore the beauty of carefully chosen words, and give concise snippets of descriptive writing. Along the way there are interesting tidbits of ornithological information tucked in to enlighten us all.
JoEllen Mccarthy
Aug 18, 2012 JoEllen Mccarthy rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous - poems and info text blend. Love how many authors are giving us this hybrid type of text. This book also includes photos with facts that accompany each poem about various birds. Envisioning text set to be paired with Unbeelievables by Douglas Florian.
Aug 13, 2011 Mimi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, children
Stunning photography, interesting bird facts, cute poems. My favorite: "Three sandpipers run/Across a sunrise shingle/Signaling the dawn" (plus imagine a photo of just that). Useful for teaching poetry elements, imagery, etc.
Oct 17, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Beautiful pictures and cheerful poems to go along with them. Also includes facts on each bird.
Edward Sullivan
Good pairing of photographs and poems. Brief facts about each bird are also included.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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