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Wordy Birdy

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  636 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Meet Wordy Birdy, a very chatty bird who talks WAY more than she listens!

Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. "Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky. . . ." But does she love to listen? NOPE. One day, while she's walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water: "That's a pretty tree and that's a pretty tree and that's a pretty danger sign and tha
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
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Such a FUN BOOK!!! What a hoot!

A cautionary, LIVELY story with FABULOUS ARTWORK featuring WoRdy BiRdy and her fine forest friends. Wordy Birdy is an extrovert who LOVES life and LOVES to talk about it. Yipper, she's not shy about sharing.

But the old adage is true: A strength carried to excess becomes a weakness.

Talking is good. Listening in equal measure is better. Learning when to talk and when to listen is best. It might just save your life. Especially if you have good friends like Wordy Bi
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I saw this book on some list online. I'll be honest, the title and the cover totally spoke to me so I put a hold on the book. It was on order through the library and I had a hold on it before THEY had it. I love that my local library allows that. Such a quirky book. Make sure to read the end papers too. I LOVE when the end papers tell part of the story.

Wordy Birdy likes to talk and rarely listens. It's an unfortunate thing. Although, I do love all of her observations and questions. I like her. W
Katya Vinogradova
Wordy Birdy is too wordy for her own good. Luckily she has wonderfully patient friends to put up with her constant yammering and to keep her away from danger.
The illustrations are fun and colorful, the dialogue is fast-paced and to the point, the action is fun and funny.
Such a fun book - perfect for a read-aloud, especially if you can do many voices!
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
The bird talks so much that she doesn't have time to listen, which is dangerous. That can be a good lesson for children, but I found the way they carried the point of the bird not shutting up really annoying.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This has potential for a really fun and funny read-aloud!
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Sauer, Tammi Wordy Birdy, illustrated by Dave Mottram. PICTURE BOOK Doubleday Books, 2018. $17. 9781524719296

Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. She covers a large range of topics and never stops, not even to listen to her friends. One day while Wordy Birdy is chatting along, she disregards her friends’ warnings to not go into the forest, because she is so busy talking about the beautiful flowers and leaves. She wanders into the forest and runs into a bear who is not happy that she is there. Wordy Birdy
The 4th wall breaking asides from the rabbit, raccoon, and squirrel who are part of Wordy Birdy's story are delightful, as are the colorful and snarky illustrations. I also appreciated that Wordy Birdy is still herself at the end of the book-- she's still gregarious and enthusiastic-- even though she now has a new skill: listening. She doesn't have to be serious or quiet to know how to listen to others and be more mindful. That, I think, is a really great message for little kids who may struggle ...more
Rhonda Nelson
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you need a great mentor text to teach about making predictions? This is a great one. The kids were clamoring to guess what would happen next. Need a mentor text to teach about perspective and to give you a chance to perform multiple personalities to demonstrate fluent reading? This is a great one. So much love for Wordy Birdy. Bonus. It teaches a social emotional lesson along the way. It’s important to be a good listener.
Cindy Dobrez
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
We all know a Wordy Birdy...I've been known to resemble her on occasion myself. What a fun reminder to listen in a story that children will love as they watch Wordy Birdy ignore all of her friend's warnings...delightful. Mottram's illustrations make the story even more fun.
Jeniece Goellner
The book jacket flaps and lining of the covers are true gems on this fun picture book.
Okay. Kate read the dialogue bubbles.
Edward Sullivan
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
He's chatty and amusing in an annoying kind of way.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wordy Birdy uses a lot of words. She narrates everything in her life, even if no one is around to here it. When others try to tell or warn her, she can't hear because she is too busy being a wordy birdy. She finally learns to be quiet and let others talk after a scare with large furry mammal and a dark cave.

The illustrations of this book were fun but the story felt undeveloped towards the end: the birdy learns her lesson and then THE END. It could have been expanded a bit more to show her new f
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, I totally want to engage my inner Valley girl and talk super fast and read this aloud to a bunch of kids in storytime. A wonderful and hilarious story about he art of listening and friendship.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ha! Kids will all know someone who NEVER listens. Love the colorful goofy illustrations.
Molly Walker
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott-winner
Wordy Birdy written by Tammi Sauer is a cute book about a very vocal bird who gets into some trouble. While walking through the forest, many other animals warned birdy about walking the wrong way, into a danger zone. The birdy comes across a big, scary bear - if she just listened to her friends, she wouldn't be in that predicament in the first place. Birdy learns that listening is just as important as talking, maybe even more. The illustrations (by Dave Mottram) came to life with the bright colo ...more
Like many of us, Wordy Birdy loves to talk, and often gets so caught up in what she wants to say that she doesn't listen to others or heed warning signs. While some might be tempted to let her fend for herself when she heads down a dangerous path, ignoring them, her three friends come to her rescue just in the nick of time. Apparently, she learns to listen to them at just the right time. I liked the colorful illustrations although some of the pages are filled more than I might like, and I also c ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super cute and adorable story, I love Wordy Birdy, and I feel I can totally relate to her, though I do hope I listen a bit better than she does at the beginning of the story. I liked the illustrations and the text and how everything worked together. I like that speech bubbles and placement of speech near characters was used instead of simply using the phrase "this character said" I think even though there is less use of different types of speech (yelling, whispering, etc) with this method, given ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime, childrens
I enjoyed reading this story. The plot is fairly simple; the bird talks too much and doesn't pay attention. Her friends save her and she learns the value of listening. But the way it is told, and the illustrations make it a great package.
I think this would be a great read aloud-if you can do at least one voice different than your own. You really need a voice for narration and a voice for the bird. Best if you can have a voice for each of the three friends as well. I can see how this could be ad
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this silly story, Wordy Birdy is so busy talking that she doesn't listen to the warnings her friends try to give her. Not until she's in serious trouble does she bother to listen. As anyone who works with children can explain, listening is not a skill that comes naturally to everyone. Young children especially prefer to talk rather than listen. Stories like this one can gently point out that listening is a valuable and important skill. The story is both funny and thoughtful, making it's point ...more
The Library Lady
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book is the antithesis of the sort of pious crap the Berenstains turn out in that it has a lesson (about why it's important to listen) but it carefully covers in a fabulous, funny story. The smart aleck tone begins with the inner jacket "stop reading this jacket and dig into the real thing," and goes through the comments on the back cover. You could hand this to that adult wanting a lesson, but you could also read it with an older preschooler/early elementary age kid, and just enjoy the fun ...more
Margie Wells
Wordy Birdy's cover art is amazing! Who wouldn't want to plop down and read when you see the illustration on the cover? This book would be an amazing read aloud, especially if the reader employs a narrator's voice and a voice for the main character who can talk really fast without stopping! As the title shares, Wordy Birdy talks too much and doesn't listen. As the cautionary tale unfolds, the expressive illustrations make it even more enjoyable! To add to the "wordiness" of this book, the charac ...more
Read  Ribbet
Wordy Birdy is a clever picture book about a bird that prefers talking over listening until the need to listen saves the bird from danger -- a universal lesson good for almost any classroom! The illustrations are bright and engaging in capturing Wordy Birdy's forest friends (and enemies.) Clever use of talking bubbles from the flaps and end pages to throughout the story. Well placed signs offer other opportunities for the reader to pick up clues. The book encourages rereading. Nice addition to a ...more
Wordy Birdy is a rather talkative bird. No really; she never shuts up! Her friends will tell you so. She'll tell you about things she like, things she doesn't like and questions she has. He biggest problem is that she doesn't listen really well. And when she goes for a walk in the forest she ignores the danger signs and ignores her friends who try to tell her that danger lies ahead. But when she actually encounters the danger, she listens to her friends and runs!

A hilarious story about learning
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Wordy Birdy is full of words. Lots and lots of them. What I loved about this book are Birdy's friends - Squirrel, Rabbit and Raccoon. Even though she annoys them and can't be quiet, they are tolerant and put up with her because Birdy is their friend. And when Birdy gets herself in trouble by her talking and not paying attention, they come to her rescue. Deep down, I think this is a book about being a friend and loving your friends even when they aren't perfect. This is also a great read-aloud bo ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Wordy Birdy is a garrulous bird. Whatever goes through her head, comes out of her mouth. She has a good heart, but her attention span Fortunately Wordy Birdy has very good friends who look out for her.

The story is greatly enhanced by the clever, whimsical, and colorful illustrations of Dave Mottram. The text easily lends itself to teaching dialogue, creating a play or puppet show, and discussions about paying attention, taking turns when speaking, and empathy.

Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where to start with this book?
The illustrations were absolutely beautiful. Very colorful, fun, and kid friendly feel.
The story was so good. It has a great lesson that teaches the value of listening to others instead of only ever talking yourself.
Wordy Birdy is always chattering about what she likes, doesn't like, random facts, etc. Only problem is she doesn't listen to her friends, even if they are trying to warn her of danger ahead.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wordy Birdy is a very talkative birdy who gives a running narrative of everything. She asks questions, but doesn't wait for answers, in fact, she doesn't listen to anyone at all. This almost turns deadly for Wordy Birdy, who eventually learns that maybe other people have something interesting to say also. A funny book, that parents of talkative toddlers will be able to relate to quite well.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny story about a bird who loves to talk but does not listen. Of course, her friends save her from herself. Would make an entertaining read-aloud; also a good book to do as a play--assigning students the various characters. The message is overt but presented inoffensively. Wonderful illustrations, captions.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so funny and so real for so many women I know. I loved the illustrations and the colors used, I love this talkative bird, and the other animals that tag along and try to warn the bird.
The bird has attitude and I wish I had written this story. So funny. Great story about listening and what happens when you don't. Great read aloud.
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Tammi Sauer is the author of Cowboy Camp (Sterling, 2005), Chicken Dance (Sterling, 2009), Mostly Monsterly (Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2010), the forthcoming Princess-in-Training (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and something that's currently Top Secret.

Tammi and her family live in Oklahoma with one dog, two geckos, and a tank full of random fish.
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