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What's the Magic Word?

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No matter where Little Bird goes, everyone wants to know the magic word. Is it "Peep-peep?" "Moo-moo?" "Oink-oink?"

How will Little Bird ever find out? Not until Little Bird returns home does he hear the magic word from his very own Mama Bird!

Kelly DiPucchio's rhythmic and noise-filled text combines with Marsha Winborn's colorful illustrations for a delightful swirl of a

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by HarperCollins
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June
Feb 24, 2014 June rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: farm, rhyming, sping, wind and polite requests
Recommended to June by: Lizzie
A little bird is blown out of the nest and learns what each farm animal thinks is the magic word, but is blown on before s/he can use it to enter their homes. Mom teaches her/him the real magic word when he is blown back home. Looking forward to using this for my wind story time next month. 2/24/14

With snow days, I didn't get a chance to have a wind story time, but when I looked at this I realized it was just as appropriate for a spring story time. Unfortunately, it was grabbed after the program
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The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 The Brothers rated it liked it
Shelves: birds, mothers, nests, wind
A little bird is blown from his nest and is tossed along by the wind into the path of a variety of animals who always ask him what the magic word is (in their mind it is whatever sound they make - dog: woof; owl: hoo; etc.). He is finally blown home where is mother accepts him back into the nest with the real magic word: Please!

Illustrations are okay.
Beth
Jun 07, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
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I loved this cute little story! It encourages etiquette — my favorite part — while also building vocabulary. There’s rhyming and repetition, which makes it fun to read aloud. And there’s a sweet ending, showing that mother/child bond that makes my insides all gooey.
Anthonyangelo
Feb 12, 2012 Anthonyangelo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
very cute story, lovely repetitions and great for kids who love their stories to rhyme or have lots of animal sounds in it.
Angie  Moore
Aug 17, 2015 Angie Moore rated it really liked it
Super cute read about manners
Christine
May 15, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: word-play
Children follow baby bird until he returns to his mother and learns the magic word is please. Rhyming, repetitive language, onomatopoeia.
Karen
Mar 17, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing
CUTE book! Joshua loves it. I'm going to buy it!
Sarah
Not the most weather related book, but it is cute, and about a wind that blows a baby chick from place to place where he tries to find a mama to let him in.
Lissie Moore
Apr 17, 2012 Lissie Moore rated it really liked it
This book would be great for teaching first and second graders rhyming. Good read aloud or silent read. Cute book.
Carrie
Oct 02, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a good little book - can be used as a rhyming guessing game as well as a reinforcement of saying please.
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Fun story with lots of animals. In my bag for my wind themed storytime.
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Kelly is the award-winning author of several children’s books, thousands of To-Do lists, and a few recipe cards. Two of her books, Grace For President and The Sandwich Swap, were New York Times bestsellers.

Like most kids who grew up in the 1970’s, Kelly had a pet goat and bought all her clothes from the Sears catalog. Like most teenagers who grew up in the 1980’s, Kelly had really big glasses and
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