Get immersed in An Egret’s Day

July 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm 1 comment

An Egret’s Day, poems by Jane Yolen, photographs by Jason Stemple; published by Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, Pennsylvania; 2010.

I had to do a double-take when I read “photographs by” on the cover of this book.  The colors are so vibrant, so utterly perfect, I figured it was an illustration.  Oh but no, the book is filled, from cover to cover, with impeccable images of egrets.  My favorite is the close-up of the feathered wing.  So I did pick out this book based on the cover.  

As it was written by Jane Yolen, I had no doubt that I would be thoroughly taken by the words.  And I was.  How in the world does she do it?  Isn’t it enough to be able to write entertaining children’s books?  No, Ms. Yolen, as usual, goes above and beyond.  She is able to take facts, interesting though they may be, and weave them into entertaining yet informational poetry.  Just to make sure the information comes across, brief blurbs about the birds are added to each page.  And even they are written with poetic flair.  This book has sealed Jane Yolen as the “godmother of children’s literature” in my mind.  And I won’t forget she writes for young adults and adults as well.

Did I mention that author and photographer are mother and son?  Talent runs deep in this family!

This book was cataloged in the 811s (the poetry section for the Dewey-challenged).  But it could just as easily be shelved with the other books on birds somewhere in the 590s.  Teachers need to be aware of this book.  Pathfinders, displays, and word of mouth should be used to get this book into the hands of children.  I think it’d be a great cross-categorical tool during poetry month.


Entry filed under: Non-fiction or Informational, Poetry/Verse, Starred Review Book (Horn Book, Booklist. School Library Journal, Kirkus or PW). Tags: , , , , , .

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. AmberReadsGreatLyrics  |  October 30, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    This article about poetry is isnanely exuberant. I love poetry.. Another blog i check out a bucket load is i think known as Poetry-of .


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