When children get their hands on this book, they are sure "to really read it, to really really read it." Or so says the magnolia warbler.And the magnolia warbler is not the only one with an opinion. There are sixty-three bird species talking their way through this funny backyard story.
Hardcover, 32 pages
April 30th 1999
by Greenwillow Books
(first published March 1998)
What a silly book. This is a book to read aloud. The author took the bird call memory pronunciations from a popular bird guide and turned them into a story of sorts. My daughter and I had fun repeating the silly bird calls: "See, see, see, Miss Beecher, please, please, pleased to meet'cha" and "To really read it, to really, really read it", etc. It didn't teach us much about birds but it was still fun to read.
Incredibly beautiful illustrations are both expressive and scientifically accurate, as is the simple but informative text about ways birds communicate with each other. Back matter adds more details with bird profiles, glossary, references, websites, and an author's note.