City Beats: A Hip-hoppy Pigeon Poem

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Pigeons are a great introduction to urban nature. This book does a remarkable thing: it brings to our attention the fact that taken-for-granted pigeons, or rock doves, are beautiful birds. It also helps us to appreciate the vibrant beat of a city--from the eye-view of a pigeon. The text is bouncy. Kids will want to make all the screech, hiss, ker-chunk, pound, and tweet city sounds. Amazing polymer clay illustrations pop right off the page and through die-cut windows. Each illustration was crafted entirely from polymer clay and then photographed.

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In his poetry and music, S. Kelly Rammell likes to celebrate the things we are often too busy to notice or appreciate, or that we take for granted, like the beauty and serenity of nature. In addition to writing, he loves to perform at festivals and events. He plays music, mostly the guitar and Irish whistles. He sings with the Land of Legend Barbershop Chorus and is a puppeteer every Sunday at a church in the small town where he lives, St. Louisville, Ohio.

Jeanette Canyon received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art & Design. Inspired by the philosophy and schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, she has enjoyed a distinguished career as an artist and arts educator of young children for over a decade. She now spends her time creating art for children's books, visiting schools, and sharing her creative spirit with others.

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PreSchool-Grade 2–A brief foreword gives some background information on pigeons, then asks, What do you think a day is like for a pigeon? The rest of the book is a hip-hop-style poem that answers that question, starting with sunrise and ending in the evening. The pigeons nibble doughnuts on the street, dodge taxis and construction equipment, and listen to music from clubs at night (Rapping, rocking,/Rhythms, rhymes,/Bopping beats,/Streets alive). Most of the text has a good rhythmic beat, although sometimes it strains for effect (Grilling sizzles/Wheeling by,/Juicy colors,/Citrus sweets). Overall, the pictures are more successful than the poetry. Created with polymer clay and photographed, the vibrant spreads show delicately feathered figures and urban backdrops in an array of rainbow colors. Children will enjoy their details and obvious technical skill (although the pictures lack the grit and depth that would make a more authentic look). An arched-window cutout appears throughout, framing scenes and adding an element of surprise. It's great to encourage kids' interest in what so many consider an unlovable creature, and larger libraries may want to add this interesting title.–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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