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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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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
Rebecca Tenbrook
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

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
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
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.
The combination of facts that relate to the images created in the poem and the beautiful photographs will add to any poetry unit.
Poem with a bit about the bird.
Mary Ann
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
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.
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.
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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