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A Bird About to Sing

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  11 reviews
For Natalie, writing poetry is fun. But reciting poetry out loud, IN FRONT OF OTHER PEOPLE, is not. So when Natalie’s poetry teacher takes her to a reading, Natalie is nervous. Shy. And ready to fly away. How will she muster the courage it takes to share her verse in front of an audience? Here is one young writer’s story that sets free a bird about to sing.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 24th 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Kathleen Behrendt
This book about empowerment is, unfortunately, out of print. Natalie is a budding young poet who is too shy to read her poems out loud at a poetry reading. However, she finds the confidence to read her poems out loud to her poetry teacher while they are riding home on the bus. To her amazement, her fellow bus riders are the very same poets who were at the poetry reading! The Picasso-like gouache illustrations really add to the atmosphere with multicultural characters. Laura Nyman Montenegro is a...more
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Dancing, character-filled artwork in rich apricots and olives complements honest first-person expression to buoy us through the crests and troughs of a young artist’s big day in this inspiring story of confidence, creativity and acceptance.

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Brigida
Natalie is a poet whose unable to read any of her poems because of her shyness. One day, her poetry teacher takes her to a poetry reading. She is fascinated by it all but freezes up when it is her turn to read her poem out loud. Can she ultimately oevercome her shyness and let her poems do the talking? Read to find out!

Intended Grade Level: Kindergarten-2nd grade
LaRaie Zimm
This beautifully illustrated book tell the story of a shy young poet who reads her poetry in front of an audience for the first time. This is a very sweet and very New York kind of book, as the girl's poetry teacher takes her on a city bus to a poetry reading for the first time. Being a poetry student myself, I have a special love for this one.

5+

Angelica
This picture book is absolutely beautiful. Natalie is a poet and she has a poetry teacher Monica who helps her with her poetry. I love how pictures compliment each line in the poem. Unfortunately she doesn't want to read her poetry aloud until she is among other poets.

This picture book is full of color and makes it easy to read about poetry
Marissa Garcia
"I feel like a bird when the sun first breaks."

This warm picture book about bravery and finding your inner bird song is a joy. Excellent for storytime use for older children, to introduce the appeal of poetry, to approach the subject of performance, expression, or stage fright.
Marissa Garcia
"I feel like a bird when the sun first breaks."

This warm picture book about bravery and finding your inner bird song is a joy. Excellent for storytime use for older children, to introduce the appeal of poetry, to approach the subject of performance, expression, or stage fright.
Sara
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It's hard to pick a favorite spread from the artwork, but I'd really like a poster-sized version of the two pages that say: "Suddenly, we are in a room full of...poets!"

For every young (and old) poet you know.
Sam Grace
While I like the cast of color in this story about mentorship and embracing poetry, something about poetry being the realm of grown-ups turned me off. I'm curious what other people think of this one ...
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is the story of a little girl who likes to write poetry but is afraid to read her poetry aloud in front of an audience. It's a nice story, but not outstanding.
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