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The Blues Go Birding Across America (The Blues Go Birding Series) Hardcover – March 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Blues Go Birding Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Pubns; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584691247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584691242
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,565,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 4—Five avian siblings go bird-watching across the United States to find the perfect song to sing at the White House Fourth of July celebration. There's lots of action on every page with speech bubbles for each bird; practical bird-watching tips on yellow sticky notes; field guide information; and notebook diary-type entries by each sibling. Each spread is filled with colorful details and a lot of textual variety. The traveling birds are drawn in different outfits as they surf in Hawaii and see an albatross; fish in San Francisco Bay and watch ring-billed gulls; and wade through the Okefenokee Swamp on stilts to see a spoonbill before arriving at the White House. Many corny jokes will appeal to young senses of humor, e.g., "Don't these humm-m-ingbirds know the words?" Uno, one of the brothers, concludes, "I guess fancy songs and flashy feathers always impress females." Sammi corrects his slanted remark a few pages later in her own notebook, "Father Mallard had a bright green head. He doesn't take care of babies, so he doesn't need to be camouflaged." This is a lighthearted romp with solid information on birds and bird-watching that could inspire future ornithologists.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Five avian siblings go bird-watching across the United States to find the perfect song to sing at the White House Fourth of July celebration. There s lots of action on every page with speech bubbles for each bird; practical bird-watching tips on yellow sticky notes; field guide information; and notebook diary-type entries by each sibling. Each spread is filled with colorful details and a lot of textual variety. The traveling birds are drawn in different outfits as they surf in Hawaii and see an albatross; fish in San Francisco Bay and watch ring-billed gulls; and wade through the Okefenokee Swamp on stilts to see a spoonbill before arriving at the White House. . . . This is a lighthearted romp with solid information on birds and bird-watching that could inspire future ornithologists. --School Library Journal (April 2010)

The first in a planned series, this introduces readers to the BLUES, a bluebird band of five members. Their mission is to compose a new song for their first big concert on the lawn of the White House on the Fourth of July. To accomplish this, they are visiting the different regions of the United States and listening to the birdsongs in those areas. This clever conceit introduces young children to the joys of birdwatching. Each spread includes a page from one of the BLUES notebooks as well as a page from a field guide. Taken together, these give readers some interesting facts about each bird. Birding tips scattered throughout will help aspiring birdwatchers successfully begin their new hobby. Backmatter includes a map of the United States marked with each bird s location and a list of sources for further information. Schroeder s BLUES are full of personality, each with his/her own strengths, interests, likes and dislikes. She keeps them easy to identify with accessories in their favorite colors, and the cartoonish main characters stand out well from the more realistically portrayed regional birds and their habitats. A creative introduction to a popular hobby. --Kirkus Reviews (April 2010)

The BLUES Go Birding Across America packs a lot of natural history information into its pages, woven into a captivating story with colorful characters. What a great way to introduce young people to the world of birds. --Bill Thompson, III, Editor, Bird Watcher's Digest

The first in a planned series, this introduces readers to the BLUES, a bluebird band of five members. Their mission is to compose a new song for their first big concert on the lawn of the White House on the Fourth of July. To accomplish this, they are visiting the different regions of the United States and listening to the birdsongs in those areas. This clever conceit introduces young children to the joys of birdwatching. Each spread includes a page from one of the BLUES notebooks as well as a page from a field guide. Taken together, these give readers some interesting facts about each bird. Birding tips scattered throughout will help aspiring birdwatchers successfully begin their new hobby. Backmatter includes a map of the United States marked with each bird s location and a list of sources for further information. Schroeder s BLUES are full of personality, each with his/her own strengths, interests, likes and dislikes. She keeps them easy to identify with accessories in their favorite colors, and the cartoonish main characters stand out well from the more realistically portrayed regional birds and their habitats. A creative introduction to a popular hobby. --Kirkus Reviews (April 2010)

The BLUES Go Birding Across America packs a lot of natural history information into its pages, woven into a captivating story with colorful characters. What a great way to introduce young people to the world of birds. --Bill Thompson, III, Editor, Bird Watcher's Digest

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on February 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you were a bird, what kind of song would you like to sing? In another "Sharing Nature with Children Book" from Dawn Publications, the BLUES--Bing, Lulu, Uno, Sammi, and Eggbert--are a band of singing birds who have a Fourth of July concert at the White House lawn. So they decide to take a trip across the United States to listen to various birds in different locations in hopes of finding a new song for their concert. Just a few of the fifteen birds that they hear are the bald eagle in Alaska, the great roadrunner in New Mexico, the pileated woodpecker in Michigan, and the roseate spoonbill in Florida. Some of them have beautiful melodies, while others make various kinds of sounds. So, whose song will the BLUES pick?
Birds are fascinating creatures. Carol L. Malnor, co-author of Earth Heroes: Champions of the Wilderness which I have previously reviewed, and Sandy F. Fuller have teamed up to create a cute fictional story that is enjoyable for kids to read and also contains a great deal of natural history facts. Each opening contains a life-like, full-color illustration of a bird by Louise Schroeder, along with a birding tip by Eggbert, a page from the notebook of one of the BLUES, and a "Field Guide" with additional information about the bird under consideration. In addition to the material about the birds, there's some geography here too, with a map of the United States showing where each of the birds was found, followed by a page with suggestions on "How to Have More Fun with Birds" and "How to Learn More About Birds." This is a great resource for helping children become interested in birds and learn more about them. The next book in the series will be The BLUES Go Birding at Wild America Shores.
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Format: Hardcover
I just read "The Blues Go Birding" to two of my grandchildren, a 6 year-old and a 4 year-old, and they loved it. The characters are different in subtle ways and both grandchildren noticed this and picked their favorites. The story is easy to follow as the birds go around the country looking for the best bird tunes. The illustrations of birds all over the USA were fantastic and there were enough details about the birds that I could select what I thought was appropriate for the ages I was reading to. I would say that this book would be interesting for age groups all the way up to 10 - my opinion. I enjoyed reading the book also - I learned a lot about the various birds of our country - and I will look to find more by this author. Great job Carol, your love of birds shines through.
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Being a kindergarten teacher, I have read many a story to young children. Recently I was delighted to encounter authors Carol Malor and Sandy Fuller's BLUES GO BIRDING ACROSS AMERICA. Carol, an educator and enthusiastic birdwatcher, knows exactly how to capture the imagination and attention of children, using five colorful, perky young bluebirds to lead an adventure to learn about native birds who live in the United States. They follow the footsteps of Roger Tory Peterson, America's emminant birding authority. At each stop traveling around the country, Carol and Sandy introduce the native birds who live there. Illustrations are accurately rendered by Artist Louise Schroeder -- all of them visual delights. The young child will love the antics and humor of the fictional "Blues," along with the engaging storyline. (My five-year-old granddaughter was captivated.) Impressive to me is how the authors immerse the young child in the storyline while drawing in the attention of an older child or adult reader with further facts and details, which are cleverly presented within the artwork. This makes the book a visual and educational experience for the young child as well as an older sibling; yet, even the adult reader will not fall asleep! Guaranteed! This book is one of a trilogy of three beautiful birding adventures that are sure to capture the interest of younger children. You will like it!
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