Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Finches, barn owls--and the ubquitous pigeon--are among the many species vividly portrayed in words and pictures in this handsome avian exploration. Ages 6-10. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This book celebrates the pigeons, crows, and finches that share our city space. Gazing at Bash's beautifully rendered watercolors may be your child's first step in recognizing and identifying the birds in her world.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- Bash has chosen 13 species of birds, from the familiar pigeon to the sleek, skyscraper-nesting peregrine falcon, to show how these creatures have successfully adapted to new city habitats. She mentions the fact that many of the birds' original environments have been destroyed by man, but is not heavy-handed in her message. In a picture-book format, the brief text gives fascinating and sometimes humorous glimpses into the birds' way of life. Imaginative book design puts the text (and readers) right into the pictures, the deep-colored illustrations reflecting both the liveliness of the birds and the stark beauty of the urban setting. City children reading Urban Roosts will begin to look at their surroundings from a new perspective. It may even lead schools to consider a new type of field trip--city birdwatching. --Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library