Synopses & Reviews
Birds offer endless fascination for those of us patient or lucky enough to catch a glimpse. Fortunately, award-winning writer Jane Yolen and photographer Jason Stemple once again give readers the chance to closely observe a brand-new flock of these creatures in expertly rendered poetry and photographs. Each poem and picture combination beautifully and thoughtfully captures both bird and a moment of time. Brief facts about each bird, reviewed by an ornithologist, are included.
"The team behind A Mirror to Nature again pairs striking, full-color photographs of birds with spirited poems in a full range of styles and forms. A haiku for a kingfisher speaks tenderly to the quirky, diminutive bird ('Hey, girl, fish lover,/ Sitting on the dead gray tree,/ Love the blue Mohawk'); another offering compares a marching group of oystercatchers to windup toys; and a poem for a 'solitary wood duck' admires the bird's nobility ('We surrender,/ we surrender,/ we surrender to your beauty'). Stemple's intimate photos capture a great horned owl's gaze, a chickadee's downy plumage, and sandpipers silhouetted against a sunrise, while Yolen's solidly constructed verses show equal affection. Ages 9 11. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
Jane Yolen has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Golden Kite Award, two Christopher Medals, and both the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota and the Regina Medal for her body of work. In 2011 she was named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland. Jason Stemple is free-lance photographer who provided the photographs for A Mirror to Nature by Jane Yolen, winner of the John Burroughs Young Readers Award and for Wild Things by Jane Yolen, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. He was recently named an Artist in Residence at the Everglades National Park in Florida. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.