Betsy Franco & Steve Jenkins
Margaret K. McElderry, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
, Betsy Franco takes us through a full day of avian observation - from sunrise to sunset - looking at birds in their natural habitat, and listening to their songs. This lovely picture book is enhanced by Steve Jenkins' gorgeous illustrations of birds in nature.
ust after the '
rising sun turns the sky from black to gray to pink to blue
', the red-capped woodpecker's '
tat tat tat
' can be heard as he '
raps a tap dance with his beak
'. Then come the
of mourning doves, the
of sparrows, the white gull's warning
of the chickadee (as the tabby cat watches), the duck's
, the crow's
, the nesting robin's '
tut tut tut
', the thrasher's
, and (my favorite of all), the hovering hummingbird's high-voiced
he sun sets as the mockingbird (echoed by young readers) copies all the songs heard during this melodic day.
will arouse kids' curiosity, encouraging them to look, listen, and wonder about birds' daily conversations, and what they're saying to each other.
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