Riki's Birdhouse

Riki's Birdhouse

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by Monica Wellington
     
 

Riki admires the beautiful birds that visit his yard. So he decides to build his feathered friends a home. Follow along as he measures and saws the wood, then glues, hammers, and paints his birdhouse. When spring comes, bluebirds move in. Soon there are eggs and babies! As the seasons change, the bird-watcher fi nds joy in admiring, helping, and learning about his

Overview

Riki admires the beautiful birds that visit his yard. So he decides to build his feathered friends a home. Follow along as he measures and saws the wood, then glues, hammers, and paints his birdhouse. When spring comes, bluebirds move in. Soon there are eggs and babies! As the seasons change, the bird-watcher fi nds joy in admiring, helping, and learning about his avian friends. Monica Wellington's bright, beautifully detailed artwork and simple text are the perfect introduction to the fun of backyard bird-watching.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
Riki loves to watch the birds in his yard. He likes their bright colors, and their cheerful songs. He builds a birdhouse to attract as many birds as he can. When spring comes bluebirds move in. Then there are babies and he has a joyful time in admiring his feathered friends. This book will be a delight for young bird watchers. The author/illustrator has bold and brilliantly colored pictures. This easy book can serve both as a story and for information particularly for the young children. She has a way of making the young reader a real part of the activity. The use of pets helping Riki is very effective also! The tools are laid out to help identify the text as well as to create discussion and learning. The food for attraction is also depicted. Each page is busy with things about birds and nature and things used in creating something. The little garden is particularly nice and brings the food for the birds into the narrative. The seasonal progression is a learning process and it is very well done with the progression suitable to a young child. It is good for home, library and school. There are additional sections in the back that include "Building a Birdhouse," "Installing the Birdhouse," "Birdbaths and Feeders," "Bird Food Cupcakes" and "Bluebirds." Birds are identified in the last pages. Reviewer: Naomi Butler
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Riki wants some new bluebirds to stay in his yard, and so he builds a birdhouse just for them. On each spread, a page of narrative surrounded by small pictures of related common objects faces a full-page illustration that shows Riki working on his project. The artwork, gouache on paper with photographic collage details, is simple and appropriate for young naturalists, though the collage elements do not stand out among other objects on a page. Pictured on one corner of each spread is Riki's notebook, where he records his diary-style entries. The book concludes with instructions for building a birdhouse and installing it; while addressed to children, they are clearly intended for an adult audience. Combine this story with Gail Gibbons's Tool Book (Holiday House, 1982) and Priscilla Belz Jenkins's A Nest Full of Eggs (HarperCollins, 1995) and get ready for spring.-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC

Kirkus Reviews
Riki's passion for birds is evident, and likely to be contagious, in Wellington's latest. The precocious child is a diligent bird watcher who does all he can to attract and keep birds in his yard through all the seasons-from building a bluebird house and making his own bird food to putting out nest-building materials and growing sunflowers . . . all without adult supervision. The bold colors, simple shapes and clean lines of the gouache illustrations are in sharp contrast to the details found in the photographic elements cut out and glued onto the artwork. Decorative frames surround the text, reinforcing the topic and adding more information-readers get a glimpse of Riki's journal pages, identify some of the birds in his yard and learn how a bird develops inside an egg. Backmatter includes instructions for building and installing a birdhouse, a recipe for bird-food cupcakes and information about birdbaths, feeders and bluebirds. Bird lovers with young children and aspiring bird watchers are sure to want to emulate Riki. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525420798
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/16/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,171,418
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Monica Wellington lives in New York City, where she teaches children’s book illustration at the School of Visual Arts.

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