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Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds through Pictures, Poems, and Stories

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Enchanting stories, lyrical poems, stunning photography, and fascinating science fill the pages of this treasury celebrating the amazing world of birds.

This thoughtful and beautifully curated collection of our flying, feathery friends highlights the role birds play in human life from centuries ago to present day. While it's beautiful, it's also full of valuable real scienc
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by National Geographic Kids
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Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a child who grew up with parents who loved birds, I found myself completely wrapped up in this book. We had multiple bird feeders on our farm including those specifically for goldfinches, hummingbirds, orioles, and then regular feeders. That love of birds has carried on into our family as well. We keep our feeders stocked all year and enjoy the various birds that visit it. We don’t get the variety that my parents get out in the country, but we get a surprise visit once in a while from a bird ...more
Alex  Baugh
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: birds
This is an absolutely stunning book, a worthy tribute to Jane Yolen's late husband, and father of Heidi Stemple, who was an ardent birder. It is filled with facts, poetry, and stories, along with information about each bird. There is a wide variety of birds and each one gets it own page with a stunning full color photograph. I found myself slowly poring over the breathtakingly beautiful photography, reading and rereading the poetry and learning more than a few things about birds. I thought my ki ...more
Pam  Page
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was mesmerized reading this bird book that is full of interesting information, photography, illustrations, and poetry. Upon opening the book, the reader will find bird quotes on the endpapers, setting the stage for the learning that will occur! What Defines a Bird, in the opening pages, is a nice way to help children understand just what birds are and to come up with a "bird definition". The bird anatomy pages diagram birds with labels fo the body parts and feather types. I cannot think of a f ...more
Wow! What a fabulous book. I was indifferent to the poetry but the photographs, illustrations, and short stories are all wonderful. There is SO MUCH information here and yet it’s still fairly browsable. This is definitely a book for older kids, middle school or teens. I really enjoyed it and am excited to try some of the feeder and birdhouse ideas once spring finally comes back.
Pam Lauman
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
This book is by the incredible children’s author, Jane Yolanda, and her children. It covers every topic that relates to birds and includes original poems by the authors. If you are a bird lover, I highly recommend this book!
Kirsti Call
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Filled with stunning photography that enhances the informational and lyrical text! AMAZING book about birds--not just for bird lovers!
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You aim, and click
in perfect light
a wing beat caught,
in frozen flight."

FLY WITH ME is everything and anything about birds! It teaches about a bird's anatomy, their nests, and even their feathers! It also talks about the different state birds and the history of them. Finally, the stories to the back bring everything to a fun close.

I love the poems throughout the book and the pictures are beautiful. I've always loved birds and this book only makes me love them more. It is so educational and will
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book about birds. I heard about this nonfiction book from a blog I follow, so I picked it up from the library. The illustrations inside are beautiful and most of the them are life-like. The book is filled with information that will please most bird enthusiast and I feel that this book would look beautiful on a coffee table even though it is a labeled a child’s nonfiction book.

The book begins with a detailed table of contents for those who are searching for specifics. The categor
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
2018 was the Year of the Bird. In celebration of these wonderful creatures, National Geographic Kids published a beautiful book on birds.

"Fly with me" is a 192 pages of beautiful illustrations, pictures, poems, factoids and stories.

Table of contents breaks the volume down in sections as:
What is a Bird?
The ancient history of Birds
Birds in History
State Birds
Listening to Birds
Looking at Birds
Birds on the Move
Saving our Birds
Bird Records
Birds in the Arts
Birds in Story
Citizen Science
Kristi Bernard
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, how-to
Did you know this was the year of the bird? This fantastic guide will introduce readers to all things birds in art, history, story, science and so much more.

Birds can be found all across the earth and come in all shapes, sizes and beautiful colors. Did you know birds have been around longer than humans? Birds are the only living creatures on earth with feathers, but they are not the only creatures that lay eggs. Birds are warm blooded and so they must keep their eggs warm so they will hatch. Sin
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Any child that has any interest in poetry, pictures, stories and loves birds (which let's be honest, that is everyone) and appreciates the beauty of nature needs this book! It book has both breathtaking photos and the poems and stories are just stunning! I don't think that I can truly capture the absolute beauty that is in this book! The photos...seriously...I can get lost inside them. I love the accompanying information that takes you further into the beauty and splendor of nature and the compl ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off, this book is visually stunning – not just the cover. The pages are packed with photography and illustrations that are feasts for the eyes.
Along with the amazing visuals in this book, there are numerous poems stories and facts, all which celebrate birds. I like that it goes through the state bird for each of the 50 states. It also starts with a history of birds in pre-historic times, bird anatomy, predators, and just the all-out beauty of birds!
This is another book you can’t go wrong
Kelly Veatch
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I always love the photographs in the National Geographic Kids books, but I not only looked at the pictures of this book, but I also read every word cover to cover. I picked up this book from my school library just to look at all the gorgeous photos, but I got sucked right in. I learned SO much about birds and bird watching. I actually went to the website they suggested: I'm actually going to try out the hobby of birdwatching! This book was inspiring, and I hope I have students at my s ...more
Sandy Brehl
A masterful blend of poetry and science, image and text, a collaboration of remarkable talent, all directed to explore the concept of BIRDS.
This happens to be one of my favorite topics, and this is a book that intrigued, informed, and entertained me.
For some it may be a dip-in/smorgasbord offering, a table-top invitation, or reference book. For others, it can engage from cover to cover and become a fast friend. Either way, it belongs on classroom and library shelves, and in the hands of reader
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-mg
This book has everything anyone could want – gorgeous photographs, cool bird facts, information about state birds and extinct birds, legends and stories about birds, lovely poetry – and even some information about dinosaurs! I really enjoy picking up this book when I have a quiet moment. It’s fun to discover something new or read a bird-related poem before I gaze out the window at my bird feeder. I’m going to have to track down some of the movies in the “birds on screen” list.
Tompkins County Public Library Youth Services
Gorgeous, informative, spiritually uplifting! All these words describe this amazing new nonfiction offering. If you're a bird lover, this book is for you. It is long, though, and incredibly comprehensive. It's not a story book, but rather, an all-encompassing reference book. I think it would make a perfect "coffee table" book or a wonderful and very special gift. Or a great book to borrow from your public library!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is fantastic. GORGEOUS photographs of birds, excellent layout, bright colors, easy to read and interesting. There’s a scattering of poems throughout. Also included: state birds and facts, birds in pop culture (very recent stuff, as fresh as 2017)

Note- A bunch of evolution and dinosaur connections
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jnonfiction
There is so much to love about this beautiful book by National Geographic! It covers so many different things about birds ranging from science to culture. I would have given this book a 5 if it wasn’t for two things—the text is often too small for a kids book and I wish they would have incorporated more of the poetry from Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple.
Barbara Lovejoy
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most beautiful, delightful, and informative books I have ever read. I checked it out from the library, but I enjoyed it so much, I might want to buy it. I highly recommend this book for everyone and anyone of any age who loves nature. Even if you do not now love birds, you will after reading this book.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful!!! Well crafted and laid out. I recommend this for anyone (not just “Kids”) with an interest in nature, birds, science or just a book that is lovely to look through. I have read many books about birds, but learned new things. Jane Yolen and her family bring their love of birds and the power of words together for yet another book worth spending time with!
Casey Robinson
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely gorgeous book about birds, woven together by two master storytellers: Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple. The combination of stunning photography (as you'd expect from National Geographic Kids), poetry, interesting facts and stories make this a must have for bird lovers of any age. ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a stunningly beautiful book, full of information, stories, poems, and art. It is one to be treasured and kept handy for frequent visits. As I am writing this, an owl is calling outside . . . coincidence? I think not. Enjoying the birds with whom we share our world.
Elizabeth Reid
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reviews
There is A LOT of information in here! The photographs are amazing, as always befits a Nat Geo book. Find my full review here: ...more
The 8 year old is interested in birds so we picked this one up at the library. Fantastic pictures and lots of information on birds, bird watching. Lots of suggestions on things you can do at home to have more birds come by.
Two BookWorms Blog
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars!

Everything about this book is an A+. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

For the full review:
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A collection of stunning photographs, facts, poems, lyrics, and stories about birds.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I did not know, until the reading of this book, that I had any interest in birds.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun poems, great photography and drawings, and a concise presentation of bird information. Enjoyable for bird lovers of all ages. So wonderful on so many levels.
Aliza Werner
An awesome collection of information, photographs, poetry, stories, history, pop culture, and so much more. Nature lovers will devour this book.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The photographs of birds are stunning. Some of the best I have seen. I love all the facts about birds, the captions, and poetry. This is a great book!
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more

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