The BLUES Go Birding Across America

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In a synchronistic blend of caricature and realism, five adorable cartoon bluebirds - a band in search of a different song for their upcoming concert - go birdwatching (and bird-listening) across the continent. Along the way they see remarkable (real) birds from the bald eagle in Alaska to mallard ducks in Boston, and discover the joys of birdwatching. The book is chock full of information about the birds, in the form of "field guide" pages, journal entries by the BLUES, and ...

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Overview

In a synchronistic blend of caricature and realism, five adorable cartoon bluebirds - a band in search of a different song for their upcoming concert - go birdwatching (and bird-listening) across the continent. Along the way they see remarkable (real) birds from the bald eagle in Alaska to mallard ducks in Boston, and discover the joys of birdwatching. The book is chock full of information about the birds, in the form of "field guide" pages, journal entries by the BLUES, and birding tips.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Five birds make up the music group: Bing, Lulu, Uno, Eggbert, and Sammi. The five birds are asked to sing in concert on the Fourth of July at the White House Lawn. Their mission is to find a new song to sing at this concert. To do so, the group decides to go on a road trip to find new sounds for the White House concert. After setting off, the first stop is Alaska where the Bald Eagle lives. From there, the group of five travels to Hawaii, spotting a Black-Footed Albatross. Going east to California, the next bird they find wisas a Ring-Billed Gull. But the group still has not found sounds they could use for the White House concert. There are more destinations to come in New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain National Park. They do not stay long and continue on to Kansas to hear the song of the Western Meadowlark. Perhaps the fancy whistles they hear could be learned, but they are not yet done. The Turkey Vulture in Texas is next, and there are more birds across America to be seen. Will the group ever find the new sounds they seek? For each bird they came across on their journey, Eggbert adds birding tips, and one of the five includes a notebook type entry on the pages. Easily learned statistics are included for each bird. The illustrations are beautifully colored, realistic portrayals of each bird. A Reading Guide, in PDF format, is available online for those who may read this book to groups. This excellent book will introduce young readers to bird watching. Reviewer: Debby Willett
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—Five avian siblings go bird-watching across the United States to find the perfect song to sing at the White House Fourth of July celebration. There's lots of action on every page with speech bubbles for each bird; practical bird-watching tips on yellow sticky notes; field guide information; and notebook diary-type entries by each sibling. Each spread is filled with colorful details and a lot of textual variety. The traveling birds are drawn in different outfits as they surf in Hawaii and see an albatross; fish in San Francisco Bay and watch ring-billed gulls; and wade through the Okefenokee Swamp on stilts to see a spoonbill before arriving at the White House. Many corny jokes will appeal to young senses of humor, e.g., "Don't these humm-m-ingbirds know the words?" Uno, one of the brothers, concludes, "I guess fancy songs and flashy feathers always impress females." Sammi corrects his slanted remark a few pages later in her own notebook, "Father Mallard had a bright green head. He doesn't take care of babies, so he doesn't need to be camouflaged." This is a lighthearted romp with solid information on birds and bird-watching that could inspire future ornithologists.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Kirkus Reviews
The first in a planned series, this introduces readers to the BLUES, a bluebird band of five members. Their mission is to compose a new song for their first big concert on the lawn of the White House on the Fourth of July. To accomplish this, they are visiting the different regions of the United States and listening to the birdsongs in those areas. This clever conceit introduces young children to the joys of birdwatching. Each spread includes a page from one of the BLUES' notebooks as well as a page from a field guide. Taken together, these give readers some interesting facts about each bird. Birding tips scattered throughout will help aspiring birdwatchers successfully begin their new hobby. Backmatter includes a map of the United States marked with each bird's location and a list of sources for further information. Schroeder's BLUES are full of personality, each with his/her own strengths, interests, likes and dislikes. She keeps them easy to identify with accessories in their favorite colors, and the cartoonish main characters stand out well from the more realistically portrayed regional birds and their habitats. A creative introduction to a popular hobby. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584691259
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    The Blues Go Birding is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

    fascinating facts about fascinating creatures

    If you were a bird, what kind of song would you like to sing? In another "Sharing Nature with Children Book" from Dawn Publications, the BLUES--Bing, Lulu, Uno, Sammi, and Eggbert-are a band of singing birds who have a Fourth of July concert at the White House lawn. So they decide to take a trip across the United States to listen to various birds in different locations in hopes of finding a new song for their concert. Just a few of the fifteen birds that they hear are the bald eagle in Alaska, the great roadrunner in New Mexico, the pileated woodpecker in Michigan, and the roseate spoonbill in Florida. Some of them have beautiful melodies, while others make various kinds of sounds. So, whose song will the BLUES pick?
    Birds are fascinating creatures. Carol L. Malnor, co-author of Earth Heroes: Champions of the Wilderness which I have previously reviewed, and Sandy F. Fuller have teamed up to create a cute fictional story that is enjoyable for kids to read and also contains a great deal of natural history facts. Each opening contains a life-like, full-color illustration of a bird by Louise Schroeder, along with a birding tip by Eggbert, a page from the notebook of one of the BLUES, and a "Field Guide" with additional information about the bird under consideration. In addition to the material about the birds, there's some geography here too, with a map of the United States showing where each of the birds was found, followed by a page with suggestions on "How to Have More Fun with Birds" and "How to Learn More About Birds." This is a great resource for helping children become interested in birds and learn more about them. The next book in the series will be The BLUES Go Birding at Wild America Shores.

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