Flyways, by DeAnn Melton | Dedicated Review

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Flyways: Book Cover

Written and Illustrated by DeAnn Melton

Ages 4-8 | 42 Pages

Publisher: JP Ranch | ISBN-13: 9780983978121

What to Expect: Nature, sounds, birds, vocabulary development

Flyways combines beautiful, original watercolor art and onomatopoeic text to immerse readers in the sights and sounds of the natural world.

What will you see if you visit sandhill cranes in a marsh? There is the soft, pale surface of the water, and the tall, waving green and gray reeds. There are snowy white birds with long black legs and bright splashes of red on their heads.

What will you hear if you visit peregrine falcons in the wild? You’ll hear the babble and glop of running water and the kak-kak, kree-kree-kree-krea, and kip-kip-kip sounds of the falcons talking to one another.

The world of birds is full of beautiful sights and sounds! From Ibises and cranes to falcons and eagles, birds burst into flight on each dynamically illustrated page, while creative font choices help readers “see” the soundtrack to the image. At the same time, a glossary accompanying each illustrated scene introduces readers to new vocabulary sounds, inviting them to explore all the subtle nuances of sound around them—and express themselves through creative language.

Flyways is more than just a beautifully illustrated book about birds—it’s also a delightful exploration of how nature and language complement one another.

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DeAnn Melton: Author Headshot
About the Author

DeAnn Melton has an M.F.A. degree and is a painter who works both in watercolor and oil. She has participated in museum shows and shown her paintings in galleries. Museum one-person shows include the Tucson Museum of Art, Roswell Museum and Art Center, and the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery. DeAnn has shown in Chicago, Illinois; Tucson, Arizona; Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee, California, Kansas, and other locations in the United States.

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May 11, 2022 at 03:56AM Dr. Jen Harrison