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Ruby's Birds

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Sometimes the most beautiful things in nature can go unnoticed. Meet Ruby, a seven-year-old kid with the energy of the city in which she lives--New York City. She plays the piano--LOUDLY. She romps around the apartment--LOUDLY. And she sings songs she makes up herself--LOUDLY!

So, when her downstairs neighbor Eva takes her on a nature walk through Central Park, Ruby has to
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 27th 2019 by Cornell Lab Publishing Group
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➽I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through Hidden Gems Books.

Unfortunately, the story or to be more exact the text didn't do much for me. I like the idea behind it but I just feel like it missed the mark, It took a bit to long to get to the point. I did find that all of the different birds finding facts at the back of the book was way more interesting than the story itself and so did my 5-year-old niece. As for the illustrations they are real
A young girl becomes mindful of the birds around her neighborhood
It's quite an experience to read this book deconstructed along an outside #Storywalk in the city of Albany for sure but it was fun with my boys. The public library put this book up along a pond, so we got to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while reading the picture book. It was a lovely experience and who doesn't love a bit of birding. The illustrations were bright and the story was enjoyable. ...more
Debbie Smith
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had trouble connecting with this story. Though I think perhaps it was more the text. Basically, the story is about an energetic girl named Ruby who is introduced to birdwatching by her neighbor. When she discovers what it takes to watch birds and the excitement it brings, she’s anxious to share the activity with her family.

But as fast as I say I wasn’t all that crazy about the text, I did like various other aspects of the book. After the story, there are activities and information that promote
Jillani Birech
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, I really love this short book. It's really beautifully illustrated. Its style is so simple. You can read it in one sitting. I do recommend every parent to grab a copy to their children. ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ruby learns about bird watching from her downstairs neighbor. They go to Central Park and spot a bird on its migratory path that reminds the neighbor of her home in Costa Rica. The illustrations are realistic and highly detailed.
Informative text at the end identifying birds that were illustrated throughout the book and other information on bird watching.
Aliza Werner
I found the back matter far more interesting than the story itself.
Nanette Heffernan
Need an active afternoon activity with the kiddos? I suggest reading Ruby’s Birds then heading to the park for a bird watching expedition of your own. Ruby, the main character, is adorable with her missing front teeth. Normally, Ruby is loud and has a hard time standing still but in the story she learns the power of quiet when it comes to nature. I think my favorite page is the dream sequence. So artfully done, you feel like you right in that wonderful dream with Ruby!
There is also information i
Cynthia  Gutzwiller
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ruby is staying with her Grandmother while her mom and dad is at work. The neighbor, Eva, asks her if she would like to go to the park. Yes! Yes! Yes! They walk past her favorite park and go to Central Park. They head to the woods. Eva stops and listens and then looks through her binoculars while being very still. Ruby starts to sing and scared some bird away. Eva is upset that the bird went away. Why is Eva upset? What is so special about a bird? (A lot!). How do you find ou? While listening/re ...more
VillaPark Public Library
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juli
Ruby is a spirited young girl who lives in New York City. Ruby’s fun-loving personality and animated disposition unquestionably mirrors the activity, noise, and energy of that great city. When Ruby is invited on a nature walk in Central Park, however, she learns about an entirely different slice of the city. By curbing her energy, actively listening, and paying careful attention, Ruby discovers a remarkable thing about Central Park- it is home to an amazing number of distinct and unique birds. T ...more
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
What I Loved: The illustrations in this book were a lot of fun. My daughter enjoyed looking at each page.

How I Felt: I just was unable to fully connect to this story. I didn't understand WHY Ruby was being taught this lesson and I did not feel like there was a great payoff at the end of the story to help a child understand the lesson behind the words.

To Read or Not To Read: If your child is interested in bird watching or nature, they will enjoy the illustrations and the short discussion about bi
Sandy  Wilmering
Ruby is a busy and sometimes noisy young girl who learns from her neighbor Eva that she has to be quiet and still to see birds, like a warbler on its way through from Costa Rica. Ruby then teaches what she has learned to her family. There is more information at the back of the book about seeing birds at your home or in your city. There is also a list of 14 different birds that the author and illustrator have scattered throughout the book for the reader to go back and find. This is a cute and inf ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the story and illustrations, and I liked how Ruby sang everywhere. I wish the author had connected the part of the story where Ruby is being herself and showing her character to the birdwatching. Ruby seemed to want to play at the park, not necessarily be in nature, maybe a Ruby could have shown more interest in nature earlier in the book, too. The neighbor clearly knows she wants to take Ruby birdwatching, but doesn’t explain that to her or tell Ruby how to behave. I also wish the autho ...more
Jen KD
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit, 2020, booksirens
Ruby’s Birds is a cute book that takes place in NYC. Ruby learns about birding and a little bit about mindfulness. She is a typical child, singing, chatting and making noise. Then she is taken to Central Park and learns the art of birdwatching. Her friend Eva’s enthusiasm is catchy, and I feel like Ruby (and young readers) will be inspired. A nice feature in this book is the illustrated list of birds you can search scanning back through the pages or actually birdwatching outdoors. There ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of Ruby's Birds for free. I am leaving this review voluntarily. If you are fascinated by bird song and identification, this is a great introduction to listening and enjoying nature. Did you know that there are 280 types of birds in Central Park? There are 14 types of birds hidden in the story for the reader to discover. With simple text and detailed illustrations, Ruby's Birds would be a wonderful purchase for school and public libraries. There are also links to Corne ...more
Annamarie Carlson (she, her)
Ruby's neighbor, Eva, introduces her to bird watching in Central Park. Ruby learns how to stay quiet and still, move carefully, and pay attention looking for tiny movements in the leaves. Later, Ruby teaches her family the tricks she has learned, and they spot a rare bird together.

A great book to pair with the free Merlin Bird ID app during a STEM storytime. Includes back matter about how to find birds in your neighborhood or city as well as information on birds you might have seen in the book
Savanna Ramsey
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This children's book is beautifully written and illustrated. This book reminds us that even in the loudest places we can always find something magical. I love that Ruby isn't afraid to be herself and to sing regardless of who is listening. The illustrations truly bring this book to life and are bright and cheerful.

Not only is it a cute story that children will love, but it also includes nonfiction bird facts and advice on how to go on a walk of your own to discover some magic yourself.

I received
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute little story about a girl who learns to pay attention to the birds on a walk with her neighbor. I think it teaches kids to stop and pay attention to nature - birds specifically - and the wonder of nature. I liked the section at the back of the book that teaches kids how to search for different birds in their own neighborhood and how to do their own nature walk too. Really a cute little book!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Books with a Chance of Traveling
*I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I read this book with my 5 year old, he didn't like it very much. I think it too long to get to the point of the story for him, he also thought the little girl was "kind of annoying singing all the time."

Other than that.. the story was okay. The illustrations were lovely and the story had a unique theme. I agree it took a whole to get to the point of the story, and realistically what child learns patience overnight?
Shanique Edwards
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yr-2019
An adorable book that's a great way to get kids to engage with nature! Eva goes to the park with her friend Ruby and they see a wonderful bird that sparks Eva's interest in bird watching and being in nature. ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-kids, birds
A cute book that is fun for kids and also has something for adults. Adults can use the information in the back so they can learn from the book as well.

This is an especially good book for kids who live in NYC.
Elaine Ciarnau
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book Ruby's Birds but I wish the story was longer. The facts were a nice touch to the end of the book. It's a good book to teach kids about birds.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review.
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Bought this for some friends with a kid for the kid's b-day. Read it quickly first so I could be sure it was OK. Did not disappoint. I picked it for the bird/nature themes, and it has a lot to offer there. ...more
Cara Byrne
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Great premise of a young bird watcher and her neighbor who go to Central Park to observe their surroundings - including a lot of birds. I really appreciate that the protagonist is black and missing her front tooth. I wish the story was a bit more engaging.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ruby is not used to being quiet and slowing down until she becomes interested in birding.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book to introduce children to bird watching; excellent back matter
Miss Sarah
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A young girl is introuduced to bird watching by her neighbor and brings the skill home to share with her family. Elementary and up. Extensive guide to home birdwatching.
Ruby is a little girl who loves to be loud. This doesn't work well when you're bird watching. ...more
Syntha Green
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A nice introduction to birding
Great introduction to bird-watching for young kids.
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