Friday, September 26, 2014

ON THE WING by David Elliott; Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

David Elliott has won numerous awards for his children’s books and he has another winner with On The Wing beautifully illustrated by Becca Stadtlander.  Her arresting full color full page illustrations depict not only the bird but also portions of the birds’ lives.  For instance the Woodpecker is pecking on a tree trunk and the Japanese Crane is dancing in the snow.

The author describes each bird in delightful verse, such as the following for the Crow:
“Your cunning and your confidence are wonderful to see,
                           But your singing voice, my friend, is pure caw-caw-phony.”

Youngsters will smile and learn about the fifteen birds included in On The Wings, winged creatures all from the everyday sparrow to the gorgeous Caribbean flamingo.

- Gail Cooke

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