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Blue Sky Bluebird Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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Grade 2-4-An introduction to the life cycle of the bluebird from spring mating, nest building, and egg laying to the southward migration in fall. The brief, readable text is so interesting and informative that it will easily hold the attention of children not yet capable of reading it on their own. Adult bluebirds raise two families each year-in spring and in late summer. Once the fledglings from the first brood have learned to fly and to hunt their own food, they help the parents to raise their younger siblings; then they all fly south together. Using layer upon layer of colored pencil over watercolor wash, Chrustowski shows each step in the cycle in bold, vividly colored illustrations so finely detailed that the softness of the birds' downy heads and breasts is clearly visible. Proper terminology (embryo, nestling, fledgling, clutch) is included within the text; stages of development from yolk sac to embryo to chick are shown and briefly described. A final page of notes provides further information. Although no sources are listed, this finely crafted presentation of fact and artwork exemplifies the best in informational literature.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Gr. 1-3. This colorful book offers children a close-up look at bluebirds and their young. In the spring, a mated pair weaves a nest in a birdhouse. The female lays four eggs, the chicks hatch, and the nestlings grow. First leaving their house for short flights, they gradually learn to live on their own. A sidebar called "Peek Inside an Egg" shows three stages of embryonic development and explains what is actually happening at each stage. The large-scale, colored pencil drawings with watercolor washes will draw children to the book and help them visualize a bird that most have never seen. Chrustowski, the author-illustrator of Bright Beetle (2000), shows a fine-tuned sense of what interests children, the ability to express it in simple words, and a talent for illustrating animals in a way that is both accurate and appealing. The book's last page comments on the comeback of bluebirds after the construction of nest boxes and the three types of bluebirds found in North America. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805071040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805071047
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My love for animals shines through all of my artwork. When I am outside I am always on the look out for anything that moves. What was that bug that zippped by? Which bird did I just hear sing? Where is that rabbit hopping to? These are all questions that run through my thoughts.
Then I go looking for answers. I read everything I can including books, magazines, websites. I like to find an expert who can answer my questions, too. I often learn many things that surprise me.
For 20 years I lived on a farm in Wisconsin. I grew my own food, and had a huge garden. I raised chickens and had horses, dogs, and cats. I loved watching the seasons come and go from my old farmhouse. Now I live in an old house in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I love learning about animals that live here. It is a whole new adventure! I live just blocks away from the Mississippi river where I like to hike and kayak.
Most of my books have been nonfiction based on facts I have learned. I also love telling stories, so I am working on ideas for fiction books based on character. Thanks for dropping by my Amazon page and I hope you will check back to see what I am up to in the future.
You can learn more about me and my books, and do some fun activities at my site www.rickchrustowski.com

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Blue Sky Bluebird, told as a story, describes the lifecycle of bluebirds. Starting with a pair of bluebirds, describes how they build their nest, how the eggs develop and hatch, and how they grow. Mentions migration and shows the three types of bluebirds found in North America. Chrustowski skillfully includes basic zoological information and precise terminology within story (except for the peek inside the egg section, which is outside of the main story). A note at the end mentions the decline and recent resurgence in the number of bluebirds and the increasing number of nest boxes. The illustrations are warm, colorful, and detailed. Karen Woodworth-Roman, Children's Science Book Review
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We were first introduced to Rick Chrustowski through our school - who hosted him to come and talk to the kids about being an author and how he writes and illustrates. He is an energic guy who clearly loves his work - and it is reflected in his detailed, lifelike drawings as well as his intelligent yet easily understandable and educational writing. We couldn't say enough good things about Mr. Chrustowski and his works!!
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This is an excellent book for children of all ages. The author's illustrations are excellent and bring nature into your home and reading pleasure. You will enjoy reading it together with a child or grandchild. We found that we built bluebird houses after reading this book and have had bluebirds come to live at our property.
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This book is darling from head to toe. Packed with worthwhile information and delightfully accurate landscape illustrations, this book is a treat for bird lovers of all ages.
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