Academic journal article Language Arts

On the Wing

Academic journal article Language Arts

On the Wing

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On the Wing Written by David Elliott Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander Candlewick, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-7636-5324-8

Children of all ages, especially budding birders, will find these poems informative and interesting. The featured feathered friends include common backyard birds such as the sparrow, oriole, and crow along with more exotic birds like the Caribbean flamingo, Japanese crane, and Australian pelican. In the two-page spread displaying the hummingbird, the ruby-throated bird flutters around succulent flowers looking for nectar. Each word in the poem reflects the bird's movements: "Backward!/Forward!/Here/then/there!/Always/ in a/tizzy!/Got/no/time/to/sit/or/sing!/Too/busy!/ Busy!/Busy!" Readers will laugh out loud when they read the one-sentence poem, "Who/spilled/the/ paint? …

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