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Author: Melissa Stewart

Illustrator: Higgins Bond

Reserve at the Library

Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, ©2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: This book is filled with information about birds. Learn how different birds live and what they eat; and use the great tips with ways to help preserve the birds in your community. This is a nonfiction book about birds for younger audiences.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 3.7

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: While we were reading, our daughter frequently wanted to look out the window to see if we had any of the birds described in the book in our yard. She found it to be informative and enjoyed learning things to do to protect the places birds live.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the illustrations and side notes filled with information. You can read just the simple story for the younger children and save the side notes for the older children who are more likely to have questions. I was surprised she liked the book, because some of the information seemed more for preservationists than for kids.

Pros: Rhyming sentences and good illustrations engage children in this nonfiction book about birds.

Cons: Although this is a rhyming book, it is not a fun "story." If you're children aren't interested in birds, they could be bored.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book to borrow from the library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TAKE A BACKYARD BIRD WALK (Talk a Walk Book Series)   THE BEST NEST   BIRD, BUTTERFLY, EEL

Educational Themes: There are several ways to use this book, and it is built for different audiences. The main text helps you introduce kids to birds and their habitats, and the sidebars give you more information about the species.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - nature, birds, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009, November 2014

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