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Ten Birds by Cybèle Young
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Oct 04, 11

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Read in October, 2011

The illustrations in this picture book are beautiful and very interesting. It is entirely in black and white and so would be good for detail-oriented children who don't need bright colors to hold their attention. The story is about how ten birds cross a bridge (without flying, which is the obvious answer). Each bird is labeled in terms of their intelligence ("Brilliant" to "Needs Improvement"). It's a subtle book that shows that sometimes people (or birds) make things much harder than they need to be, and no matter what others think of your intelligence, you can find your own path to get to where you want to go. It's a counting book, but has a sophisticated vocabulary, so it might be out of reach for very young children who are trying to learn their numbers for the first time.
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