The Cuckoo's Haiku: And Other Birding Poems

by Michael J. Rosen and Stan Fellows

A beautiful volume arranged by season highlights a handful of birds that influence... read more

A beautiful volume arranged by season highlights a handful of birds that influence the auditory and visual landscape of the calendar year. Elegant watercolor illustrations of scenes and species pair perfectly with the verses, accompanied by side sketches and birding notes jotted in cursive. In “Spring” we witness the contrast of crows against the white blossoms of an apple tree: “blooming apple tree / round and white as one peeled fruit / crow-seeds at its core.” The conclusion offers “Notes for Birdwatchers and Haiku Lovers”—assorted details about the twenty-four birds featured, including their identifying songs and calls. (Ages 8–14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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