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Vulture View Hardcover – October 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805075577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805075571
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jenkins's dynamic, brightly colored collages show the birds from different viewpoints and are often quite dramatic, especially the black silhouettes of the animals set against a red sky at sunset. The use of questions in the poetic text will also engage children. . . . A welcome resource." —School Library Journal

"Sayre's text is positively gleeful in its exposure of the previously unacceptable subject matter to a child audience, depicting vultures not as cartoon villains but as a necessary part of nature. Jenkins's textured collages reveal unapologetically ugly vultures against a breathtakingly clean blue sky, almost chortling as they juxtapose lovely blossoms with the decomposing deer carcass." —Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

APRIL PULLEY SAYRE is the award-winning author of more than fifty natural history books for young readers. She and her husband live in South Bend, Indiana.

STEVE JENKINS has illustrated many books, including the Caldecott Honor winner What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their three children.

More About the Author

April Pulley Sayre loves the sounds of animals and the sounds of words. She is an award-winning author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. Her picture book VULTURE VIEW, illustrated by Steve Jenkins, received the Theodor "Seuss" Geisel Honor from the American Library Association. STARS BENEATH YOUR BED: the Surprising Story of Dust, received the AAAS/SB&F/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books and was named an ALA Notable. ONE IS SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB was an ALA Notable and received Britain's highest literacy award. THE BUMBLEBEE QUEEN marked her third win of the John Burroughs Award. Sayre and her husband Jeff have followed lemurs in Madagascar, pursued army ants in Panama, and eaten piranha in the Peruvian Amazon. Mostly, though, they garden for wildlife and munch blueberries at their home in the Midwest.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Bremer on May 3, 2008
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Vulture View has wonderful illustrations showing the life of a vulture - and and what they eat - eww! There are books about many birds, but not many about this beautiful flyer. And, there are not too many books that help me teach about the letter "V" to my kindergartners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Verlen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love vultures and when I saw this book as at a used book sale, I had to have it for my granddaughters and of course myself.

The book is full of beautiful illustrations and simple dialogue that clearly explains a turkey vulture's life (turkey vultures have red heads). There are also opportunities to talk with your child about science, nature, and birds as well as the vulture.

The book opens with the sun rising and the air warming as the vulture takes off to glide on the warming air. The words are simple and often rhyme. My granddaughters actually liked the book and enjoy talking about nature and its cycles while trying to understand why this species of bird eats dead animals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on December 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Stunning cut-paper collage fills each page with color and texture. A vulture flies, "Wings stretch wide to catch a ride on warming air. Going where?" The reader is asked to think about what vultures eat, "that snake over there? No, no. That fox over there? No, no...That stinky dead deer? Yes, yes!" The final two pages provide information about vultures, explaining how they use thermals to fly, where they nest and more. A web site is listed, and the reader learns that there are five festivals that "celebrate Turkey Vultures." Pair this book with Jonathan London's excellent book, Condor's Egg (Chronicle Books, 1994).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rockbearer on June 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Who knew that someone was going to write such a lovely and thoughtful book about vultures for the 3 to 5 crowd. Fantastic book, the illustrations are great, as is the text. Having a biology degree I very much appreciate its accuracy:) Very glad we picked it up!
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