Vulture View

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Turkey vultures soar on the balmy air, looking for their next stinky feast. These birds don’t hunt—they like their food to be already dead, and their eating habits serve a very important ecological role. Vultures are part of nature’s clean-up crew.

In her signature poetic, energetic style, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre introduces young readers to the world of the turkey vulture. The gorgeous illustrations by Caldecott Honor–winning...

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Overview

Turkey vultures soar on the balmy air, looking for their next stinky feast. These birds don’t hunt—they like their food to be already dead, and their eating habits serve a very important ecological role. Vultures are part of nature’s clean-up crew.

In her signature poetic, energetic style, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre introduces young readers to the world of the turkey vulture. The gorgeous illustrations by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Steve Jenkins capture these birds in all their surprising majesty.

 

Vulture View is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
A spare, rhyming text delineates a day in the life of turkey vultures. As the sun rises and the air warms, the birds glide "up, up" to " . . . tilt, soar, scan/to find the food that vultures can . . . / . . . eat!" Passing by a snake, a fox, and a bear, the creatures " . . . sniff, search, seek/for foods that . . . /REEK!" Jenkins's dynamic, brightly colored collages show the birds from different viewpoints and are often quite dramatic, especially the black silhouettes of the animals set against a red sky at sunset. The use of questions in the poetic text will also engage children. The final spread provides additional information about vultures. This picture book is a welcome resource, particularly for regions in which the soaring of the turkey vultures overhead is a familiar sight.
—Robin L. GibsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Vultures may seem an unlikely subject for a literary celebration, but this playful, brief poem and accompanying collages serve as a pleasing celebration. From ascent on morning thermals through a day of scavenging to rest at night, the vultures' routine unfolds on the page. Page turns lead readers along the vultures' search for "foods that . . . / REEK! / Those fragrant flowers? No, no. / That spicy smoke? No, no. That stinky dead deer? Yes, yes! / Vultures like a mess. They land and dine. Rotten is fine." Sayre's text is positively gleeful in its exposure of the previously unacceptable subject matter to a child audience, depicting vultures not as cartoon villains but as a necessary part of nature. Jenkins's textured collages reveal unapologetically ugly vultures against a breathtakingly clean blue sky, almost chortling as they juxtapose lovely blossoms with the decomposing deer carcass. A two-page appendix gives readers a chance to "Get to Know Vultures" and provides a more thorough context for the preceding fun. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)
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"Jenkins's dynamic, brightly colored collages show the birds from different viewpoints and are often quite dramatic, especially the black silhouettes of the animals set against a red sky at sunset. The use of questions in the poetic text will also engage children. . . . A welcome resource." —School Library Journal

"Sayre's text is positively gleeful in its exposure of the previously unacceptable subject matter to a child audience, depicting vultures not as cartoon villains but as a necessary part of nature. Jenkins's textured collages reveal unapologetically ugly vultures against a breathtakingly clean blue sky, almost chortling as they juxtapose lovely blossoms with the decomposing deer carcass." —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805075571
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 396,931
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.56 (w) x 10.19 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

APRIL PULLEY SAYRE is the award-winning author of more than fifty natural history books for young readers. She and her husband live in South Bend, Indiana.

STEVE JENKINS has illustrated many books, including the Caldecott Honor winner What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their three children.

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