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Robins: Songbirds of Spring

Robins: Songbirds of Spring

by Mia Posada

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Children's Literature
Information about robins is conveyed in pleasing full color illustrations that show robins in a variety of activities such as flying, nest building, and finding food. The simple text is rhymed at the sacrifice of rhythm that mars slightly the read-aloud pleasure of the otherwise informative text. Some key words in color emphasize concepts (cozy, round, mud for a nest description; insects, worms, berries for pages on food; and spotted orange breasts to distinguish fledglings from adults). A helpful afterword for adults to read to children uses additional terminology, such as migration concepts, and stresses observation of robins. In addition, it suggests ways to attract robins to the backyard, stressing that they don't eat birdseed, a fact that will be new to those who aren't used to looking. The book suggests putting out fruit instead. Preschoolers will enjoy the paintings that show well to a small group. They will probably point out that the text describes robins as having a rusty red breast under brownish gray wings, but the illustrations disagree, showing the robins in the more familiar blackish grey coloration. 2004, Carolrhoda, Ages 4 to 8.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Cheerful, realistic, color illustrations accompany a simple rhyming text that describes the life cycle of the American robin. From the triumphant return in spring to the departure of southbound migratory flocks, Posada mentions food, nesting materials, eggs (no mating), hatching, and care of the young. A more detailed section for adults and curious children divulges further facts and gives instructions for attracting these birds into one's backyard. More detailed than Fay Robinson's competent Singing Robins (Lerner, 2000) and less so than Nancy Carol Willis's handsome The Robins in Your Backyard (Cucumber Island Storytellers, 1997), this bright little book will appeal to readers and fit tidily into the curriculum.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Carolrhoda Picture Books Series
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.38(d)
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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