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Mud City: A Flamingo Story Hardcover – May 12, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (May 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805071776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805071771
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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From Booklist

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 Phelan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Patneaude on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Brenda Z Guiberson has perfected the art of bringing stories of nature to young (and not-so-young) readers. Under the spell of her narration and art, the reader realizes that the flamingos of Mud City aren't just static decorative animals but unique fascinating creatures with a story to tell, and Brenda tells it with style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mary wells on August 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a zoo volunteer and storyteller, I look for books that will be of interest to children. This book, captures the life of a flamingo. The illustrations are of good quality. This story I will be reading in front of the flamingo exhibit at the zoo.

zoo volunteer and storyteller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andros Library Project on September 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a Wonderful and accurate story about the Flamingo Colony on Inagua in the Bahamas. I've bought 4 copies of the book to give to friends who are either bird watchers, or are interested in Bahamian natural history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. Kelley on October 27, 2011
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This book is very well written and the drawings are beautifully done. The story is quite informative, with many interesting facts about flamingos. A good read for flamingo fans of any age!
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More About the Author

As a child, Brenda Z. Guiberson never thought about being an author or illustrator but wondered how she might become a jungle explorer. Much of her time was spent swimming in the Columbia River, watching birds and salmon, searching for arrowheads, and building things or taking them apart. She was curious about many things and had a lot of patience for watching.

In school, she loved science classes. But as she put herself through the University of Washington, it was easier to schedule evening English classes than afternoon science labs. She graduated with B.A. degrees in English and Fine Art.

Her son brought home stacks of books for reading. When he went off to elementary school, she volunteered in the school library and classroom. All these kids and books got her interested in writing for children. After taking exciting trips that involved a fifty-foot cactus, hungry alligators and sunset-colored spoonbills, she wanted to create books for children that would be like a field trip. Early books includeTurtle People, Cactus Hotel and Spoonbill Swamp. Like all the books that followed, they are filled with dramatic detail that came from doing extensive research.

Research, to her, is a great adventure. Finally she gets to be a jungle explorer. It includes talking to experts, looking through dusty collections and reading books. But her favorite part is getting out in the field. She has counted sea turtle eggs at 3 a.m. in Costa Rica, observed dancing flamingos on a salty island in the Bahamas, spent a night in a haunted lighthouse, kissed a dolphin on the snout, and watched graceful leeches swim in a boreal bog. All of this is part of an effort to create surprise, wonder and intrigue in her books. The other part of the effort involves revision, revision and more revision until the book flows with a sense of poetry blended with accurate information.

Whether the research leads to emperor penguins, flamingos, or mummies, she finds stories of wonder, adventure and survival everywhere. They are in the connections between plants and animals, in the links between past and present, in every hot, cold, salty and wet environment from the biggest to the smallest creature.

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