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Bring on the Birds

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Brightly colored, richly textured illustrations and an energetic rhyming text introduce young readers to distinctive birds and their unique qualities. From the Blue-footed Booby to the Red-billed Oxpecker, the breadth of bird life depicted in this stunning book will captivate young ornithologists. An afterword identifies each animal and tells a little bit about it and where it lives.

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Overview

Brightly colored, richly textured illustrations and an energetic rhyming text introduce young readers to distinctive birds and their unique qualities. From the Blue-footed Booby to the Red-billed Oxpecker, the breadth of bird life depicted in this stunning book will captivate young ornithologists. An afterword identifies each animal and tells a little bit about it and where it lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Enter the world of birds via the rhyming text and simple, bold illustrations of each one. Twenty-one different birds are introduced by their unique characteristics or features. Some birds have puffy, red chests, some have fluffy crests, and some have impressive tails. There are birds that seek their food on land and others that find their prey on other animals. At the back of the book, the featured birds are identified and there is brief information that connects the bird to the characteristic mentioned in the poem. For instance, the swimming birds are the Adelie penguin that enjoy the Antarctic waters. The words may be few on a page; however, children may be enticed to seek additional information about these feathered animals. For those children wishing to read more about birds, the author-illustrator included a list of several resources about birds. This book is a wonderful way to introduce a study unit about birds. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Birds of a feather come in many guises and behave in myriad ways. This cheerful survey introduces 21 species from varied parts of the world in spare, rhyming text and attractive acrylic paintings. The birds swoop, whoop, dance, and dive. They have puffy chests, fluffy crests, and other fine features. Picture placement follows the nice rhythm of the text with each two sets of facing framed paintings followed by a double-page view for each of the longer phrases of verse. Simple, flat stylized settings—only a narrow swath of pale blue highlights the ptarmigan group nestled between snowy hills and white sky—showcase the lively, colorful birds, providing an inviting introduction to this hugely varied animal family. Their actual names are given only in the concluding picture glossary, which offers just a sentence or two about some significant feature or behavior of each bird and tells the world area(s) in which it lives. The closing poetic phrase states the common features of all the birds—"All of them have feathers,/and all are hatched from eggs." Carefully crafted in charm and simplicity, the book offers many possibilities for use and enjoyment in reading aloud, browsing, and teaching. The pictures invite a lingering look, easily stimulating observation and discussion.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Enter the world of birds via rhyming text and simple, bold illustrations. Twenty-one different birds are introduced by their unique characteristics or features. Some birds have puffy red chests, some have fluffy crests, and some have impressive tails. There are birds that seek their food on land and others that find their prey on other animals. The words may be few on a page; however, having read this book, children may be enticed to seek additional information about these feathered animals. This book is a wonderful way to introduce a toddler to the birds they may see in the park or at a zoo. As the Wall Street Journal noted "Children will want to linger over the colorful images....a bedtime book that will require reading at least twice." Originally published as a picture book, the conversion to board book format is a great success since it brings the book to the attention of many more young readers. Eventually, they may want to consult the picture book which has additional information about the featured birds. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561455607
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 503,775
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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