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Ten Birds Hardcover – March 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554535689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554535682
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Incorporating elements of a fable with a style vaguely reminiscent of David Macaulay or Arthur Geisert, this quietly dazzling selection is a subtle celebration of individuality and creativity. Appealing, unique and not to be missed. --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Cybèle Young is an internationally renowned artist, represented by galleries in New York, London, Vancouver and Calgary. Her art practice and family life have also inspired the creation of several children's books. She was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Illustration in 2000, and has written and illustrated two titles (Ten Birds, Kids Can Press, and A Few Blocks, Groundwood Books).

More About the Author

Cybèle Young is an internationally renowned artist, represented by galleries in New York, London, Vancouver and Calgary. She studied sculpture and printmaking at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has since been awarded over
twenty arts grants and awards, and has received considerable notice is such publications as Art in America, Canadian Art magazine, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Now magazine, Fibre Arts, Maclean's, Elle and Toronto Life.
Her work resides in major collections around the world.

Young creates miniature sculptural works from fine Japanese papers. Her inspirations come from fleeting day-to-day experiences while her creativity flourishes in the mundane, where small observations become fantastic. The results are works that emerge from familiar motifs abstracted by passing impressions.

Young compiles these sculptures to create communities that interact and form new relationships - much like how the small seemingly insignificant moments in our everyday lives can come together to create unexpected outcomes.

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Such a beautiful book -- both in the sweet humor of the story and the illustrations.
Kim in LA
I think all who read it could find something new and different to look at or discuss each time they read it.
Pat Kline
A counting story as well as a lesson about life...where brilliant isn't always better.
Lisa Barker

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Barker on March 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Funny. A counting story as well as a lesson about life...where brilliant isn't always better. Your little one will love the simplicity of this story with the funny illustrations of each bird devising a way to cross the bridge. He will love how the last one accomplishes this feat. This is sure to encourage creative thinking as well as common sense and self-confidence--all in that subtle way that children don't notice because they love the story so much. You will, too. - Biblio Reads Children's Book Review
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim in LA on March 30, 2011
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Such a beautiful book -- both in the sweet humor of the story and the illustrations. I ordered this for a child but there's no way he's getting his grubby mitts on it. I'm keeping it!
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Ten birds come to a river and must figure out a way to cross. Each amazing bird comes up with an ingenious idea leaving one less bird behind. Until finally, the last bird, labeled "needs improvement" simply walks across the bridge.

This book has abstract concepts. It is advertized for grades 1 and up which is appropriate. However it is a counting book and 1st graders know their numbers so then the book becomes about ingenuity and finally the message that good enough is often the best solution.

The drawings are absolutely beautiful and finely detailed. The author introduces new words like engineer, launching, devised, drifting, and flapping.

As a former teacher I had a hard time with the concept of labeling the birds as "outstanding", "highly satisfactory" and "exceptional" until finally reaching "needs improvement". I felt bad for the little bird labeled needs improvement and I felt that the other birds were being mocked for their ingenuity. Labeling children, I mean birds, is never a good idea. And the concept is written in such an abstract way that I don't know if children will understand exactly what the author was trying to say about labeling.
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