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About the Author

Michael J. Rosen has written and edited more than sixty books for children and adults, including A DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY and DON'T SHOOT! CHASE R.'S TOP TEN REASONS NOT TO MOVE TO THE COUNTRY. He lives on one hundred forested acres in central Ohio.

Stan Fellows has illustrated several books for children, including JOHN MUIR: AMERICA'S FIRST ENVIRONMENTALIST by Kathryn Lasky. He lives in Iowa City.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763630497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763630492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greetings and thanks for welcoming me into your home. Since I write books for both young readers and adults, I've cooked up two long-winded paragraphs.

Kids first: So, I'm the author of some five dozen books for children of all ages. New titles including THE FOREVER FLOWERS; MY DOG! A Kid's Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Dog (the ideal go-to dog guide for families); a pop-up book with Robert Sabuda, CHANUKAH LIGHTS, winner of the Sydney Taylor Award; and three books of haiku on dogs, birds, and THE MAINE COON'S HAIKU and Other Poems for Cat Lovers.
For over 35 years, ever since working as a counselor, water-safety instructor, and art teacher at local community centers, I've been engaged with young children, their parents and teachers. As a visiting author, in-service speaker, and workshop leader, I frequently travel to schools and conferences around the nation, sharing stories, poems, creativity, and humor.

Several of my books here show my work as editor/anthologist or illustrator. It has been my privilege to have enlisted hundreds of other authors and artists to create 15 philanthropic books that aid in the fight to end childhood hunger through Share Our Strength's national efforts, or that offer care to less fortunate companion animals through The Company of Animals Fund, a granting program I administered for a dozen years.

Now, for adults. I can start by saying I'm a poet. I went to Columbia from 1979-1981, and received my MFA there. Poems are now collected in three volumes, which are all featured here at Amazon. Moving home to Ohio, I worked as an illustrator (while in NYC, I began selling spot illustrations to The New Yorker and Gourmet magazines); one of my first real clients was The Thurber House, the soon-to-be-restored home of Columbus's native son, James Thurber. For almost twenty years, I helped to restore the home, develop the programs there, and edit much of Thurber's uncollected work. (Those volumes are also featured here.) It was there, I began to edit short story anthologies, commission great writers to contribute to books about dogs, horses, and even VW Beetles. That's also where I started Mirth of a Nation, a three-volume humor biennial that constitutes almost 2,000 pages of the best contemporary humor.

Otherwise, my Website has a good deal about my life on the 100-acre farm I share in Central Ohio. Thanks again for reading along with me.

www.fidosopher.com

for lots more about MY DOG!, including recipes, training tips, cool projects, games, and so forth: www.workman.com/mydog

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on April 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a seriously gorgeous book. Downright stunning, actually. A poetry volume cleverly disguised as a field guide that offers beautifully written haiku on twenty-four birds. As if the prose weren't enough, the pages are also filled with most wondrous watercolors by Stan Fellows.

The selections are arranged by season, beginning with the Eastern Bluebird of Spring and closing with the Purple Finch of Winter. Brilliant colors appear in the plumage of Golden Finches, Cardinals and Blue Jays. Even the American Robin, which is so common in our own backyard, is spectacular here with her puffed orange breast and white speckled throat. She sings "cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up!" Every detail of the book is carefully arranged, right down to the perfectly chosen fonts.

Author Michael J. Rosen says "Now I live on a 100-acre farm in the foothills of the Appalachians. Writing about wildlife is really writing about my own life." He offers us a delightful peek at what he is privy to on a daily basis. Here there are feeders heavy with Purple Finches, Morning Doves building their nests and Belted Kingfishers catching fresh fish for dinner. Pileated Woodpeckers drum in the forest while the sky turns black with by the wings of a thousand Starlings.

It's lovely to find a book such as this - a children's book that is just as much a joy for adults as well. Readers of any age will take so much pleasure in this volume. If readers are not already fascinated by birds, this is an amazing introduction to the how amazing bird watching can be. Be prepared to be hooked, as this is one book far too beautiful to be relegated to the bookshelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I occasionally like watching birds out a kitchen window or when sitting quietly beneath a tree. I'm not a birder, but after looking through and reading THE CUCKOO'S HAIKU AND OTHER BIRDING POEMS, I found myself wanting to purchase a pair of binoculars and waking up early in the morning to go look for some pretty birds. The book examines twenty-four different birds by dividing the birds into seasons. Each bird is featured in brilliant watercolors on its own page with a haiku that reveals something about the bird. Both the haikus and illustrations are beautiful. Besides the haiku, there are a few notes about the bird on each page. The book concludes with several pages where the author gives a few more sentences to each bird explaining how the haiku for that bird developed and why certain words were used. The birds in the book are the Eastern Bluebird, Canada Goose, American Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, American Crow, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Barred Owl, Great Blue Heron, Pleated Woodpecker, Northern Mockingbird, Common Grackle, Cedar Waxwing, White-breasted Nuthatch, European Starling, American Robin, Black-billed Cuckoo, Dark-eyed Junco, Wild Turkey, Blue Jay, House Sparrow, and the Purple Finch.

THE CUCKOO'S HAIKU is marketed as a children's book and though children can enjoy the book, the book also makes an excellent gift for adults who like to go birding. I could easily see the book being used as a field book by a grandparent as they go birding with their grandchildren.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wisebean on October 17, 2010
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This book is a treasure for anyone who likes haiku, but especially for those who also love birds. The illustrations are remarkable. Clearly the author / illustrator know their birds well. I purchased multiple copies to give as gifts to relatives 11, 32, up to 64 years old! All will enjoy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Nenadov on August 10, 2012
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This is a wonderful book for anyone who likes birding and poetry! It features twenty common North American birds, with a haiku and beautiful artwork for each bird. It also has some helpful information about each bird at the end. Highly recommended!
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By Lientje on October 29, 2009
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I used to be into birding for a short while, until I recognized that I simply am not a "march into the swamp at 6:00 a.m. with camera and notebook in hand" sort of person.
But I still enjoy watching the birds and trying to identify their calls.

The art work here is stunning and the haiku is fine except that given its parameters it really isn't so useful in actually explaining a bird. Of course, a bird does not necessarily
need to be explained to be enjoyed, and this book does have many "side bars" that tells of the birds' physical characteristics if not their behavior. But if you approach this book
as you might approach a bird from your back porch, for shear enjoyment, you will not be disappointed.

If you would like to get a little info on a particular bird's personality and behavior by way of some humorous poetry, I recommend the book "Today at the Bluebird Cafe" by Deborah
Ruddell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wei on November 4, 2009
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if you like watercolor, birds, landscape, it is a super book you must have! nice price and high quality.
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As a counterpoint to another reviewer who said this book would be boring for children, my two-year old son ADORES this book. Admittedly, he loves birds (especially owls), but he enjoys naming each bird and pointing out the little details in the illustrations. He even recites some of the poems as he goes about his day! For adults, this book is a joy as well, with exquisite illustrations and charming additional information in script. We read this book often, and my son often chooses this book for a read-aloud. It's always a pleasure!
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