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The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Birding Poems

by Michael J.  Rosen
Illustrated by Stan Fellows

Published by Candlewick Press, 2009
64 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3049-2

Ages 8-14

Podcast featuring this book

A beautiful volume arranged by season highlights a handful of birds whose audio and visual appearances influence the 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 amidst 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 24 birds featured, including their identifying songs and calls. CCBC Categories: The Arts  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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