From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Missy and Deni wake to the "caw-caw-caw" of the crows, the "what-cheer" of cardinals provide background "chatter" for Armando and Juan's breakfast, and the "coo-a-roo" of pigeons can be heard by Jordan and Elly at play in a city park. And so the text continues, eventually closing with the nighttime "who? who? who?" of an owl. Each framed double-page spread (there are 14 in all) features unrelated children playing or working in different locales across the United States accompanied by an indigenous species of bird singing its distinctive song. Using several mediums, including water-based markers, gouache, colored pencil, and opaque ink, Florczak creates scenes with a three-dimensional quality. Stylistic borders depict the state flower of the area presented, and each bird is drawn with obvious attention to detail and authenticity. Unfortunately, the story line is decidedly dull. Other than the birds' songs and the passing of the day, there is no unifying theme, leaving readers little reason to care about the children or the birds. Too long for the younger picture-book audience and too unsubstantial for older readers, this visually inviting paean to birds is a far less powerful or successful collaboration than Wood and Florczak's The Rainbow Bridge (Harcourt, 1995).?Alicia Eames, formerly at Brooklyn Public Library
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From Kirkus Reviews
Wood (The Bunyans, 1996, etc.) covers 14 birds from North America in their natural habitat in this sumptuously illustrated, visually busy picture book. The few lines of text for each bird sketch out the habitat in human terms, and include the common call for the bird shown, e.g., ``Nearby there's a little park nestled among the skyscrapers. While Jordan and Elly play, gentle pigeons splash and make their cooing calls--coo-a-roo, coo-a-roo, coo-a-roo.'' The spreads offer panoramic views of habitats, portraits of the birds, and stylized borders of state flowers characteristic of the habitats. The juxtaposition of these borders and extremely realistic paintings of the birds can be startling, but appealing. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.