Birds come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Birds are magic. Birds are everywhere. If you listen very carefully you will hear them, no matter where you live. And if you look very closely you will see them, no matter where you are. And if you can't go outside right this minute, you can always read this book!
This is an introduction to the beauty of birds, and an homage to the joy they can add to our lives and the depth of feeling they can provoke in our souls.
Nothing is inaccurate - and the level of detail is that which is appropriate for Truth. You know, the Poetic Truth that is more au...more
Picture Book, 32 pages
Birds encourages pre-readers to explore colors, shapes, sounds, and sizes of birds. It also nudges younger ones to use their imaginations, whether it’s to visualize the birds in the clouds or lines they would leave if their tail feathers left flight patterns. Dronzek creates clear and vivid illustrations that are big and draw the eye to the focal point of each page. With his use of personification, imagery, and...more
Before opening the book I asked the pre-school age children if a flamingo is a bird, a reptile, or an animal. (Yes, mammal is a more correct term but I said 'animal'.) They said it is a bird. I said, let's see if there's a flamingo in this book about birds. (YES).
There's a double-page spread where birds are pictured sitting on a telephone wire. The two performers had all the children stand up and pretend they...more
What I found was that, instead of the usual series of comparisons about all of the different forms birds can come in, it was a lovely collection of the sorts of thoughts real children may have - "If I were a bird, I'd ask where all the other bi...more
Curriculum Connection: It would be a delightful springboard into sharing our talents through the use of similes: “I can sing like a bird!”
Citation: Henkes, K., & Dronzek, L. (2009). Birds. Greenwillow Books.
Reviews: ALA Notable Children's Books 2010, Horn Book starred 03/01/09, Book Links starred 03/01/09, Kirkus Rev...more
While we both liked the pictures, I myself found the simple text quite interesting and full of surprises. My son actually ended up reading most of the text by himself, drawn in by the simplicity in the words and by the child...more
This would be a great book to use in a young elementary aged classroom whil...more
Birds can be yellow, blue, red, brown, or even green, I think. Sometimes black.
Birds can be BIG or little. or any size in between.
Ever see birds on a telephone wire and the didn't move? They didn't move and they didn't move until you look away for a second… and they were gone.
My favorite part of the story:
"If birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew, think what the sky would look like."
"If there are lots of birds in one tree and they all fly away at the...more
In this charming picture book, Henkes tells us about birds in a unique way. This book discusses colors, like what the sky would look like if birds left contrails of their color when they flew. Illustrator Laura Dronzek’s simple yet stunning images blend effortlessly with the text. Her simple illustrations may encourage young artists to try their hand at illustrations. This will make an excellent addition to any sc...more
"If birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew,
think what the sky would look like."
(The illustrations show bird "contrails" on that page.)
The illustrations are perfect for the text. They are bright, bold paintings that are almost child-like i...more
I rarely get to the end of a piture book and find myself saying "Aww" out loud before I can stop myself, but I did with this book.
(Sadly, I was unable to find it in Virtua on account of my not being a very good library assistant 1, so I borrowed it from CML and gave THEM my cir...more
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