Monday, May 10, 2010

The Cuckoo’s Haiku & Other Birding Poems by Michael J. Rosen

Taking us through the four seasons, these haiku introduce us to each season’s birds.

What I thought: Lovely! The haiku is one of my favorite poetic forms and I am pleased to see so well used here. The poems are a delight to read. The illustrations are pleasing and so realistic. I liked Rosen’s notes about the birds and his poems at the end of the book. My favorite poems are “Cardinal” and “Mockingbird”

And here for your reading pleasure is my own birding haiku:

Under the spruce tree
Winter birds feed on needles,
Waiting for spring to arrive

Story Time Idea: Pair with Birds by Kevin Henkes.

(Illus. Stan Fellows. Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2009)

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