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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,298 ratings  ·  206 reviews
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!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Greenwillow Books
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I just love this book. The illustrations are simple and match the text, but it is the text that just really captures the wonder and mystery of birds. I saw a review of this, and had to go out and get it right away. It was well worth it!
Birds, by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek (2009)
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
Lisa Vegan
Jun 20, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
This is a book designed for the very young, for the preschooler. The cover didn’t wow me, but the first illustration with the robin and the pink flowers and the yellow curtains hooked me, and I enjoyed quite a few of the illustrations, but not all of them; some I didn’t appreciate much at all. However, though I was very disappointed when I noticed that Henkes did not do the illustrations for this book, it was the artwork that really made the book. The text is scanty, and although fine for young ...more
Birds sing in the morning

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
Muhuawu wu
《Birds》 is kind of a non-fiction picture book. I think that book is preparing for a younger reader because there are different color birds, there are color book under the picture of book and there are many bird in a line, kid can count it. I actually do like the illustration. The pink flower are so beautiful so true. In the front page, it says the acrylic paint were used to prepare the full-color art. Fascinated by the colors, shapes, sounds, and the movement of the many different birds she see ...more
Emily Nunez-Eddy
"Birds" by Kevin Henkes is exactly as it sounds -- a wonderful book about the wonders of birds, which come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. An informational nonfiction picturebook, Henkes exceeds in his delivery of the text, which includes the use of rhyming for an even more unique story. Throughout the book, children will be inclined to question and wonder about each bird, choose their favorite, and categorize them in different ways -- all strengthening their overall understanding of birds.
Who would have thought this simple book would be so fun to use in a library story time?

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
Emily Sirota
Birds was both illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes, is a non-fiction children's book that tells all about birds this is a story that children will love to read from front to back! This story teaches colors and other interesting facts about the birds both in general and in the book. The students will be intrigued by the bright colors of the birds and will want to keep reading due to the interesting facts. It is a fun story that can be read multiple times, and you can pair this book with a inf ...more
Madison Hays
Birds, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, is a non-fiction children's book that tells all about birds and the different colors, sizes and shapes they come in! It is a fun, educational story that children will love to read from front to back!

The illustrations are bright and done in pastels. Every color in the rainbow is exemplified throughout this educational story. The birds are all different which gives the story some individuality. The format of the story is very different; with birds pl
Cricket Muse
Birds are everywhere. They are all sorts of sizes and all sorts of colors. This succinctly sums up Kevin Henkes’s new picture book simply entitled Birds. Even though there are scads of picture books about birds available on the market, Henkes’s entry is a standout. For one reason the illustrations by Laura Dronzek both blend with the text and stand out on their own. The soft, full-color acrylics outlined in black brightly fill the page and aid in exclaiming the wonders of birds. Henkes and Dronz ...more
This book describes what birds are like. They can be big, small, all different colors and they fly in flocks. They are everywhere in the summer, all but a few disappear for the winter, and during a rainstorm they always hide. There is a little girl who wishes she could fly like a bird even though she knows it is not possible. However, she is satisfied because even though she cant fly like a bird, she can sing like one. This would be a great book to use in a young elementary aged classroom while ...more
Elaine Bearden
I've been wanting to write about this book for a long time. Funny, I found Bird, Lake, Moon, also by Henkes when I was searching for this title on goodreads. I'd forgotten that fantastic book, for a totally different audience. Bird, written by Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek, who happens to be his wife, is amazing. From the amazing vibrant colors (I thought they were oil pastel at first, but they are actually acrylics), the reader is drawn to the page. The bold strokes catch the eye. The ...more
What a sweet book for young children, including many basic things about birds, like colors. There are also some fun surprising things, like if a group of birds are sitting still on a line, and then if you look away for only a minute, they're gone when you look back! It's poetic, too. Henkes writes: "Sometimes in winter,/a bird in a tree/look like one red/leaf left over." And "If clouds were birds/the sky would look like this." And the illustrations are softly done, colorful when needed.
Danielle Harriger
PB 38: This book had many positive features that I think would make it a perfect read aloud for young children. The book introduces different colors of birds which allow children to learn in a fun, informal setting. Also, the different sized fonts that match the words “BIG” and “little” give visual representations about what words mean, which is beneficial for children. Also, the book allows children to imagine different ideas such as what the sky would look like if birds made marks with the fea ...more
Julie Barrett
Birds by Kevin Henkes
Colors, shapes and sounds of the many birds the little girl finds they share something in common.
Starts out with the birds singing, and all different colors. Shapes are different also.
She wonders what the clouds would look like if they used feathers for clouds in the sky.
As this is an audio book they also describe what they see. Like how it ends.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Ann Cox
This book is a study of birds from a very young child's point of view. Readers are introduced to bird colors, habits, and how people are similar and different from birds. This book, with its simple text, bright illustrations, and discussion of bird behavior that even a very young child could recognize, would be a wonderful one to share with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. I can imagine using it for a baby or preschool story time or program.
Brittany May
Review: This is a very colorful book, and that to me is amazing. You can't find many books nowadays for young readers that have bright, vivid pictures presented within a short-story text like this. It might be my personal love for the rainforest speaking, but the different breeds of birds in the book brought out other illustrations to me that I could put together in my mind and create a whole separate story. This being said, any little kid will enjoy this book due to it's amazing illustrations.

Rosa Cline
This is a beautifully simple storybook about birds. My 3 year old granddaughter and I enjoyed each page the writing and the illustrations together. In addition to the story we used Some pages to learn counting, others her colors, used our imaginations with the illustrations etc. A nicely written book describing various birds.
Kylie Hodgson
I really enjoyed reading this Kevin Henkes book. This book is a little different from the rest in that it is very brightly colored and some of his other books about mice aren't as brightly colored. I really enjoyed the illustrations throughout the story and I love the technique used my Kevin when he creates his works of art.
Kris Odahowski
"In the morning, I hear birds singing through the open window." Kevin Henkes invites young readers to observe the world around them. Laura Dronzek illustrations are vivid reminders of the beauty of birds, I enjoy sharing this one at story time.
Marissa Garcia
Kevin Henkes is an author I am fond of, with his glorious canon of the Julius, Baby Of The World type. I'd meant to use this title for storytime for some time, since its simpler concept and shorter length make it ideal for a read aloud for very young ones.

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
The striking colors in this book make it a joy to read. As well as offering an introduction to birds, it addresses colors, sizes, weather, and counting. (Preschool-Kindergarten)

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
Charlotte Zolotow Honor (2010)

Playful story about different kinds of birds and the things they do. Text plays around by getting small, big, and surprising in the appropriate places. Fine for a 3-5s story time on birds.
My son picked out this one at the library for reading, and it picked my curiosity when I saw it was by Kevin Henkes. The pictures in Birds are not in the same style as his other books however, in fact this book is illustrated by wife Laure Dronzek, in rich color, thick line.
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
Like most of Kevin Henkes' books, this book is simple but enjoyed at story time. There is just enough opportunity for interaction to keep the kids engaged. They can count, call out colors, fly like a bird, etc.
Zach Larson
Birds by Kevin Henkes, Illustrated by Laura Dronzek, is a picture book with minimal text and descriptive images. Some pages have no text and the pages that do have only a few words. This is a Kindergarten-level introduction to various kinds of birds and bird behaviors. It is meant to be entertaining and an entry-level introduction to birds. The book covers the different colors, sizes, habitats and basic behaviors of birds with engaging illustrations. This book could be used to teach children abo ...more
This picture book is all about birds. The birds are of many different, vibrant colors. The landscapes and scenery are beautiful and I would use this book with children who enjoy birds or animals.
Maris Digiovanni
This book describes what birds are like. They can be big, small, all different colors and they fly in flocks. They are everywhere in the summer, all but a few disappear for the winter, and during a rainstorm they always hide. There is a little girl who wishes she could fly like a bird even though she knows it is not possible. However, she is satisfied because even though she cant fly like a bird, she can sing like one.
This would be a great book to use in a young elementary aged classroom whil
An utterly graceful mix of realistic elements, astute observations, poetry, and whimsy. Even the more complex/poetic bits are told simply enough for a very tiny child to understand, I think, which is fast becoming one of my most favorite things ever (e.g. what if all these colored birds' tails made trails in the sky? the telephone wire birds, the bird in winter, and of course, the observation about what it looks like when a bunch of birds in a tree fly away all at once is GENIUS). I so wish the ...more
Read this for storytime and even though it wasn't the funniest or the wildest plot, I think the kids were the most engaged. Lots of opportunities for interaction.
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.
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