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WITH ONE WHITE WING by Elizabeth Spires


by Elizabeth Spires & illustrated by Erik Blegvad

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-689-50622-8
Publisher: McElderry

 The answers to Spires's poetic puzzlesone riddle per pageare easy to guess, but there's still a lot to linger over and reflect on in this quietly humorous collection. ``When you leave I get bored/and pretend I'm a room,'' says the mirror; the candle's ``life is as long as an evening''; trees ``have black bones and pale green flesh'' and a starfish can ``never see what I am named after.'' There's an egg that's hardboiled about being ``cracked and beaten'' and a mosquito whose buzz is not worse than his bite. Blegvad's gentle watercolors plant clues and false leads with a light touch. (Picture book. 4-6)