From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–Featuring a flamingo colony in Inagua National Park in the Bahamas, Guiberson's brightly colored watercolor/gouache illustrations are a perfect complement for her informative, conversational text. From egg to chick to final mating maturity, the life cycle of a flamingo is followed; readers see the young bird's straight beak curl and curve, its diet change from reddish flamingo "milk" to brine shrimp, and its white fluff bloom into pinky-orange plumage. Team this attractive book with Bruce McMillan's detailed photo-essay Wild Flamingos
(Houghton, 1997) for a fine flamingo duo, or perhaps with Guiberson's own Spoonbill Swamp
(Holt, 1992) for a pair of titles that are pretty in pink.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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K-Gr. 3. Guiberson, the author of Rain, Rain, Rain Forest
(2004) and The Emperor Lays an Egg
(2001), now spotlights flamingos in the first nonfiction picture book she has illustrated as well as written. Describing the life cycle of a flamingo, the story follows one bird over several years as it hatches from the egg, learns to find food and fly, explores different water habitats, locates a mate, and helps build a nest for its chick. The watercolor illustrations are well observed and closely allied with the text. Those with many elements seem less than the sum of their parts, while the simpler ones are often excellent. An informative introduction. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved