Friday, October 10, 2008

Poetry Friday: Birds on a Wire

There has been a ton of buzz surrounding this title, as it's written in such a cool and unique manner. Birds on a Wire: A Renga 'Round Town is written by J. Patrick Lewis and Paul B. Janeczko, with illustrations by Gary Lippincott. It's written in a Japanese form of poetry called "renga", where different poets will take a turn add a verse to a previous poets verse. The style appears similar to that of a haiku, but being written in a slightly different format by different poets.

Birds on a Wire doesn't exactly tell a story, but each page has a different renga poem about a place around town, connecting with the next renga, ultimately creating a "story" of sorts. My favorite verse is as follows:

"beauty salon women
study grandchildren photos
each knows the cutest

with hair sprayed and fixed, they leave
proud to show off the natural look

The illustrations beautifully accompany the verses and the overall style of the book is just so, darn cool! I was amazed from page to page and really think kids will enjoy it as much as I did. It's simplistic, not a collection, and the illustrations are perfect. This is a must for all library collections.

If you're interested in learning more about the book or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.


cuileann said...

That does sound cool!

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lisa said...

My Children's Librarian had this book up on the "take notice stand" and i picked it up for the illustrations.
Inspired by the Renga theme, I am thinking it might be a fun thing to try on my facebook group.


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