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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 4—"It's all-you-can-eat at the Bluebird Café,/a grasshopper-katydid-cricket buffet,/with berries and snails and a bluebottle fly,/a sip of the lake and a bite of the sky." The 21 poems that follow, each presented along with a single- or double-page illustration, address characteristics of different birds. Some entries are humorous, such as "The Woodpecker" ("If you think that his life is a picnic,/a seesawing day at the park,/I ask you just once to consider/the aftertaste/of bark"). Others are more thoughtful, such as "The Eagle" ("She rides the sky like she owns the sun,/on a sea of air and light-/surfing, skimming, rising high,/then sweeping low and tight") or "The Swan" ("Fairy-tale bird on a moonlit pond,/pulled by stars or a magic wand…"). All of the poems contain clever imagery and scan well. Rankin's watercolors have soft, muted tones and add charm, humor, and elegance to the offerings. The lighthearted paintings, sometimes realistic and sometimes more fanciful, depict delightful scenes of animals and children interacting.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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From crows to owls, birds are the focus of this picture-book collection's whimsical poems. The bubbly couplets offer some information about their subjects, such as coloring or natural habitats. Most poems, though, present fanciful scenes: a bobolink receives a clover bouquet after a lily-pad concert; a swan drifts through moonlit "wonderlands of . . . wishes, wolves and flower kings." Younger children may need help piecing together a few poems, such as one that assumes children know that penguins, emus, and ostriches are flightless. The best poems are funny, thoughtful, and lyrical, and Rankin's sun-splashed watercolors of birds and humans dancing and floating together extend the sense of imaginative joy in the words. This will pair well with Joyce Sidman's Song of the Waterboatman and Other Pond Poems (2005) as well as Jack Prelutsky's works. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689871538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689871535
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although the poems in this book have a common theme (birds), they are anything but "common" in their use of language and the delightful way they tickle the funnybone while imparting tidbits of knowledge about our fine, feathered friends. The art is superb and complements the poems beautifully. The book is certain to become a treasured favorite in homes, schools, and libraries everywhere.
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My students chuckled with delight and begged me to keep reading Ruddell's wonderfully whimsical poems. Anyone who loves birds and poetry will find a magical pairing in these witty and wise poems and Rankin's joyous illustrations. Today at the Bluebird Cafe is a must for any library or child's bookshelf.
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This is a playful collection of poems that are as lyrical as they are clever. Readers are sure to count this book as one of their all-time favorites. The illustrations really complement each poem,too. A perfect addition to any bookshelf.
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After a friend showed me this book I ran out and got three copies, one for each of my nieces and one to keep. The poems are short and sweet and fun to read aloud. The illustrations are fantastic. And the author really knows her birds.
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Kids ...as well as adults... will love this book of poems. They're whimsical, witty, and just plain fun. The clever illustrations compliment the fun and lyrical text. This book is a joy to read!
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