Seven Hungry Babies

Seven Hungry Babies

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by Candace Fleming, Eugene Yelchin
     
 

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Seven bitty baby birds are hungry, hungry, hungry—and they’re letting Mama know. “Feed us! Feed us!” the little ones chant, and Mama calms them as only a mother can—before she frantically flies away to gather more delectable worms. Readers can count with Mama Bird as she zooms back and forth across the pages, going from seven hungry… See more details below

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Seven bitty baby birds are hungry, hungry, hungry—and they’re letting Mama know. “Feed us! Feed us!” the little ones chant, and Mama calms them as only a mother can—before she frantically flies away to gather more delectable worms. Readers can count with Mama Bird as she zooms back and forth across the pages, going from seven hungry babies to none…until one by one the babies wake up again…hungry!

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this bouncy, onomatopoeic tale, a mother bird coos as she flies hither and yon to bring back delicacies to feed her newly hatched chicks. With a "flappa-flap, swoop-swoop, zoom-zoom, YUM!" the increasingly frazzled mama shuttles back and forth, leaving one satisfied and sleeping chick each time, until the whole nestful is napping—but wait, they're all awake and hungry again. In the satisfying conclusion, Mama turns to resting Daddy to take over the catering chores. Fleming's playful text features endearments that will tickle listeners ("precious cuddle fluffs"; "little egg-crackers") and a rhythm that sweeps the story along. The fresh gouache illustrations are awash in blues and white with fire-bright red and yellow birds and feature expressive faces on the avian stars. With unexpected perspectives as well as text that sometimes nestles, sometimes swoops across the page, this book is perfect for group storytimes and one-on-one reading.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Mama Bird faces quite a challenge feeding her voracious new brood. Early one morning, the speckled eggs crack, and a moment later seven adorable yellow baby birds are crying for nourishment. Mama flies frenziedly all over town to find, in turn, a cricket, a cherry, a crust of bread, a pea pod, a minnow, a bird seed and, finally, an earthworm. With full stomachs, the seven babies drift off to sleep, and exhausted Mama sees her opportunity for a nap as well. But just as her eyelids are falling comes a chorus of "Peeps!" Fleming's minimal text is perfectly pitched to a very young audience; words dance all around the pages, and many (like the refrain of "flappa-flap, swoop-swoop") are tailor-made for joyous repeating aloud. Yelchin's gouache illustrations are similarly playful, depicting as they do a nest full of contented and/or screaming chicks, wee beaks agape, in nice count-up/count-down juxtaposition and an increasingly frazzled Mama. This one peeps loud: "Read it again!" (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442436855
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/19/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
File size:
12 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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