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Friday, February 20, 2015

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On the Wing by David Elliott, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander is bird poetry. Each two page spread has a poem about a bird with lovely gouache paintings.  The text captures the movements, habits, and ways of the bird and matches the art very well as it shows them in flight, mid-crow, or in a few cases just sitting pretty. 
The birds are represented from your backyard to the Andes mountains, from an Australian beach to the Amazon rainforest.  
This title would make a good companion to a primary grade research project.  When using informational texts for real info students could use a lighter note for the brain.  Each child could take a poem and then research their given bird.  I like mixing up real info, poetry, and picture books with students.  I'd use this book with Kindergarten to 3rd grade.

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