Synopses & Reviews
Two poetry masters create a slice of American life, in renga form. This portrait of a day in the life of an American village is told in an ancient poetic form known as the renga (meaning "linked verse"), in which one poet writes a verse and another poet responds to that. Then the first poet adds another verse, and so on. Each verse links somehow with the one preceding it but not with the others. This means that each new verse takes the story in a completely different direction as each poet comes up with a clever way to connect the new verse. Birds on a Wire, a Parents' Choice and IRA Teachers' Choice book, is a random romp around town.
Follow a hound, a cat, a cricket ... the florist, two boys, the old doctor ... a mouse, a hawk, birds on a wire. See the life of a small town in all its variety and beauty.
About the Author
J. Patrick Lewis is the 2011 winner of the NCTE Award for Poetry and is our current Children's Poet Laureate. He has written more than sixty books for children and adults, including Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles and Please Bury Me in the Library. In Fall 2012, he has two other books scheduled: When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders (Chronicle) and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poems (an anthology Lewis edited for National Geographic). He lives in Westerville, Ohio.Gary Lippincott has a BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His artwork now appears in children's books, textbooks, book jackets, and even jigsaw puzzles. He has received numerous awards for his artwork at science-fiction and fantasy conventions. He lives in Royalston, Massachusetts.