I loved this collection of poems, each about a different species of bird. The language was vivid and evocative, the rhythms and rhymes surprising and satisfying. Plus, all the poems were short.
This would be a great read-aloud, both at home and school, and a great mentor text before going outside to do nature drawing and writing. Plus, the poems are really fun! Just one to whet your appetite:
The Oriole and the Woodpecker
Music lovers fast await
the first duet
Oriole is vocalist.
Woodpecker is drummer.
On the Wing by David Elliott, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. Candlewick: 2014.