In a synchronistic blend of caricature and realism, five adorable cartoon bluebirds - a band in search of a different song for their upcoming concert - go birdwatching (and bird-listening) across the continent. Along the way they see remarkable (real) birds from the bald eagle in Alaska to mallard ducks in Boston, and discover the joys of birdwatching. The book is chock full of information about the birds, in the form of "field guide" pages, journal entries by the BLUES, and birding tips.
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If you were a bird, what kind of song would you like to sing? In another "Sharing Nature with Children Book" from Dawn Publications, the BLUES--Bing, Lulu, Uno, Sammi, and Eggbert-are a band of singing birds who have a Fourth of July concert at the White House lawn. So they decide to take a trip across the United States to listen to various birds in different locations in hopes of finding a new song for their concert. Just a few of the fifteen birds that they hear are the bald eagle in Alaska, the great roadrunner in New Mexico, the pileated woodpecker in Michigan, and the roseate spoonbill in Florida. Some of them have beautiful melodies, while others make various kinds of sounds. So, whose song will the BLUES pick? Birds are fascinating creatures. Carol L. Malnor, co-author of Earth Heroes: Champions of the Wilderness which I have previously reviewed, and Sandy F. Fuller have teamed up to create a cute fictional story that is enjoyable for kids to read and also contains a great deal of natural history facts. Each opening contains a life-like, full-color illustration of a bird by Louise Schroeder, along with a birding tip by Eggbert, a page from the notebook of one of the BLUES, and a "Field Guide" with additional information about the bird under consideration. In addition to the material about the birds, there's some geography here too, with a map of the United States showing where each of the birds was found, followed by a page with suggestions on "How to Have More Fun with Birds" and "How to Learn More About Birds." This is a great resource for helping children become interested in birds and learn more about them. The next book in the series will be The BLUES Go Birding at Wild America Shores.