Children's Literature"What is a bird?" This book opens with that question and the answer may not be as simple as it first appears. Youngsters may believe that all birds fly, have excellent eyesight and make nests so they can sit on their eggs, yet there are many birds that do not fit that description. Flightless birds include the kiwi, a fluffy little creature able to run faster than a human, and the leggy rhea, capable of winning a race against the fastest horse. Many of the birds featured are unusual looking creatures, such as the hoatzin. They nest in bushes and are sometimes called "stinking pheasants" because their bad smell is their defense against predators. Young students will find a lot of information presented in an interesting manner and illustrated with brightly colored photographs of the curious creatures. The offering is part of the "Watts Library Books about Unusual Animals" series. A glossary and suggestions for further study, including books, organizations and on-line sites, appear in the back, along with a listing of "Bizarre Birds around the World." 2001, Franklin Watts/Grolier, $24.00 and $8.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 2-Through a simple, rhyming text of 12 short poems, young readers will experience 10 Wampanoag and 10 Pilgrim friends getting ready for the first harvest feast in the New World. Similar in scope and theme, and a great complement to B. G. Hennessy's One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims (Viking, 2001; o.p.), this title adds the enjoyment of hidden pictures on each page. There is a turkey to find in each colorful spread and lots of small creatures to count. The feast scene has at least 10 critters, maybe more, frolicking, even making off with food. Lots of smiles and counting practice result in a super read-aloud.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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