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Birds by Kevin Henkes
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Jun 20, 10

bookshelves: childrens, fiction, picture-books, nature, non-fiction, reviewed
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
Read on June 20, 2010

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 children interested in birds, it contains simple descriptions rather than any real narrative. However, this is a good introduction to birds and there is enough variety (of pictures and text) within to hold one’s attention. I was fascinated by birds when I was young, and I think kids will like this book, especially when they get to the little girl shown at the end and find they also can do two bird-like behaviors. My three and four year old self would have been captivated by this book and, as an adult, I appreciate that this new book has the simplicity most books had when I was young.
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Lisa Vegan Oh, That's interesting. I enjoy it when couples can work together. Speaking of which, I should check to see if there are any new Pinkwater books.


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