Wonderful illustrations.Some poems stronger than others.Perfect one The Japanese CraneWhat music do they hearthat makes them flutter so It s early spring the cranes are dancing,dancing in the snow love the illustration too David Elliott s witty verse takes flight with gorgeous illustrations in an enchanting look at fifteen avian species for birders of all agesTake to the sky to explore a glorious array of all things avian, from the tiny, restless hummingbird to the inscrutable horned owl to the majestic bald eagle David Elliott and Becca Stadtlander bestow a sense of wonder onto such common birdfeeder visitors as the sparrow, the crow, and the cardinal and capture the exotic beauty of far flung fowl like the Andean condor, the Australian pelican, and the Caribbean flamingo Concise, clever verse from an award winning author pairs with striking artwork from a debut illustrator to make this a true pleasure for anyone who loves birds I keep returning to David Elliott s books about nature over and over again From On the Farm, In the Wild, and In the Sea, my young readers learned about nature and poetry together Now they can do the same with On the Wing In this collection of 16 poems, Elliot celebrates a wide variety of birds The poems range from playful to serious, but all catch the essence of each individual birds Pair this with Elliott s other books to give young readers a nice rounded poetic picture of nature and its I keep returning to David Elliott s books about nature over and over again From On the Farm, In the Wild, and In the Sea, my young readers learned about nature and poetry together Now they can do the same with On the Wing In this collection of 16 poems, Elliot celebrates a wide variety of birds The poems range from playful to serious, but all catch the essence of each individual birds Pair this with Elliott s other books to give young readers a nice rounded poetic picture of nature and its beauty in our world Stadtlander s beautiful realistic gouache illustrations place each bird in to natural habitat, and extend the poetic mood With only two exceptions, each bird poem pairing is spread over a double page Kids are sure to develop a beginning appreciation for the avian world after reading On the Wing Plot Summary If you are a fan of poetry that uses witty words and fantastic vocabulary then On the Wing is an ideal read In the classroom this book will engage its readers and leave them wantingEach page of the book deals with a different species of bird The poems are often that of a description of the physical and behavioral characteristics of each species These short poems are full of descriptive pieces about many avian varieties This alone is enough to engage the reader Literary Plot Summary If you are a fan of poetry that uses witty words and fantastic vocabulary then On the Wing is an ideal read In the classroom this book will engage its readers and leave them wantingEach page of the book deals with a different species of bird The poems are often that of a description of the physical and behavioral characteristics of each species These short poems are full of descriptive pieces about many avian varieties This alone is enough to engage the reader Literary Merit This book uses a solid combination of illustrations, as well as highly descriptive words and creative language to gracefully discuss each species of bird One valuable piece of this book is its rich use in vocabulary Reading this book allows the reader s creative mind to wander, as the author effectively and effortlessly uses a variety of descriptive words that are often less heard In The Crow the author writes Your cunning and your confidence are wonderful to see, but your singing voice, my friend, is pure caw caw phony This choice of wording not only describes the crow as a species, but also uses a pun that relates the crow to a lesser known word of cacophony This interrelation of words is found throughout this book, and provides a rich reading experience Genre Considerations Each poem is very short, yet very well put together As the poems correlate to a species of bird, the vividly accurate illustrations mirror the wording on the page This captivates the reader both through the vibrant usage of language, as well as the accurately depictive watercolors on every page Reader Response Classroom Connections This is a book that I can imagine using in many ways in an elementary classroom The students could use the poems as inspiration to write their own descriptive poetry about things they are learning in science class The author uses a variety of descriptive words that are not found in common everyday language as well This would enable this poetry book to be used in furthering vocabulary development in the classroom by doing a word study on descriptive words The students could then write their own poetry with the use of a thesaurus to find new ways to make similar poems Birds of a feather or their fans will flock together in admiration of the sixteen poems in this book celebrating various denizens of the air Some of the poems such as The Macaw and The Puffin capture the uniqueness of their subjects succinctly while others such as The Bowerbird distill the essence of the bird with perfectly chosen words Nature s fussy, lovesick architect unpaged Another marvelous poem The Cardinal contrast the vividness colors of the male He s a hotshot Vale Birds of a feather or their fans will flock together in admiration of the sixteen poems in this book celebrating various denizens of the air Some of the poems such as The Macaw and The Puffin capture the uniqueness of their subjects succinctly while others such as The Bowerbird distill the essence of the bird with perfectly chosen words Nature s fussy, lovesick architect unpaged Another marvelous poem The Cardinal contrast the vividness colors of the male He s a hotshot Valentine unpaged to the drabness of the female She s a plain Jane unpaged The gouache illustrations are stunning in every respect, providing a visual feast while the poems appeal to the ear and soul as well Add this one to your classroom poetry or science shelf alongside the poet s On the Farm, In the Wild, and In the Sea, and watch them wing its way from your shelves Elliott s poems are illustrated in this book by first time picture book artist, Becca Stadtlander Here, the 16 poems included are all about different kinds of birds such as the bald eagle, the hummingbird, the Caribbean flamingo, the Australian pelican, and the great horned owl In free verse the avian inspired poems are short and sweet and meant to be read aloud Take the concise poem entitled, The Puffin The puffin is unique especially it s beak Or how about The Macaw verse The Maca Elliott s poems are illustrated in this book by first time picture book artist, Becca Stadtlander Here, the 16 poems included are all about different kinds of birds such as the bald eagle, the hummingbird, the Caribbean flamingo, the Australian pelican, and the great horned owl In free verse the avian inspired poems are short and sweet and meant to be read aloud Take the concise poem entitled, The Puffin The puffin is unique especially it s beak Or how about The Macaw verse The Macaw Who spilled the paint I can just hear kids laughing at that one when they see the colorful gouache illustration of this particular bird All of the pictures are a double spread design and the print is large for young readers to read on their own The artwork for the cardinal poem and the Japanese cranes poem are particularly lovely gotta love a book with a poem featuring an Oriole. On the Wing is a NCTE 2015 Notable Poetry Book This book looks at 15 different birds found in the world With vivid illustrations of each bird that appear earthy and natural the reader reads poems on each bird all written in different poetic forms Some poems are short, some have rhyme, and some use vivid language such as Home through the winds of the measureless sky I listened to an audio of this poetry book and I really enjoyed reading and hearing the poems as I learned about each bird in On the Wing is a NCTE 2015 Notable Poetry Book This book looks at 15 different birds found in the world With vivid illustrations of each bird that appear earthy and natural the reader reads poems on each bird all written in different poetic forms Some poems are short, some have rhyme, and some use vivid language such as Home through the winds of the measureless sky I listened to an audio of this poetry book and I really enjoyed reading and hearing the poems as I learned about each bird in a fun and informative way It also allowed me to learn about different types of poems The audio was great to listen to and included the noises each type of bird makes I felt like I was outside while listening to it I could see this poetry book being used to introduce students in the upper elementary grades to the different types of poems It would also be great to learn about birds and then have students create their own poems about birds The illustrations are wonderful, but I was underwhelmed by the poems that accompanied each bird Most of them are only little rhymes or wordplay, and some of them cough pelican and puffin cough felt like the author was scraping around for ideas but several are decent, and one I genuinely liked The Wandering Albatross employed rhythm, assonance, and structure to paint a concise and vivid verbal picture That is what poetry should be. This book didn t hit me right The art and text weren t bad, but they didn t soar either It s probably not the book s fault at all I was in the mood for something whimsical, and this book was simply not, though the prose did have a merry lilt to it This would be a great book for an early grade schooler to do a book report on So many birds