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on the wing

on the wing
Author: Douglas Florian
ISBN 13: 9780152023669
ISBN 10: 152023666
Edition: 1
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2000-03-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 48
List Price: $7.00

A high-flying collection of bird poems and paintings that inform and entertain. From the familiar roadrunner and common crow to the exotic quetzal and Andean cock-of-the-rock, this unusual aviary of twenty-one colorful creatures soars with feathery frivolity.

Children's Literature

Twenty-one very brief and lively poems are paired with large, often amusing watercolors to portray a nice variety of birds, including the egret, whooping crane, roadrunner, quetzal and the rhinoceros hornbill. Although humorous, the rhymes manage to convey scientific facts about the birds like the rhinoceros hornbill: "Southeast Asian bird is born, / With large and orange curving horn, / This massive growth is called a casque, / For Halloween it needs no mask."