By Guest Blogger Dudley Carlson
type, additional scientific information the older or more interested reader. Meganck's illustrations are colorful and witty, illustrating the important point of each poem. On each spread, a chickadee adds notes about other kinds of birds or animals that share some of the characteristics being described.
At the end, the author adds a glossary and a list of "poetry notes," explaining the wide variety of poetic forms used. These are from all over the world, and from many languages. Not to be outdone, the illustrator shows, on the front end-pages, each of the superlatives described and, on the back ones, identifies the matching bird. There's also a list of resources for young birders.
Whether you're a birder, a poet, or a collector of world records, there's something here to tempt you to explore these superlative birds. Enjoy them!
SFBBO member Dudley Carlson, a biologist’s daughter, grew up in a family of birders and was Manager of Youth Services at Princeton (NJ) Public Library for 25 years. She believes that if children enjoy learning about birds and understand how important they are to our environment, then birds, nature and people will have a better chance at a healthy future.
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