From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Six stories involving birds are linked with scientific facts as well as related projects and activities. Wingerter's richly colored and textured paintings transport readers from lands close to home to those as far away as Thailand. The Iroquois see the owl as a symbol of wisdom. A Japanese crane transforms itself into a woman and back into a bird. In Thailand, birds speak in human language. Some of the projects can be completed by children alone. However, most require adult supervision to insure safety as well as to help youngsters get the greatest benefit from the experience. A number of activities call for the use of power tools, hot stoves, or complicated and messy equipment. Others, such as finding bird-shaped constellations or folding origami cranes, simply require guidance. This is a pleasant way to introduce children to birds as well as to different cultures. With a little adult input, young readers' imaginations will soar.Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY
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From Kirkus Reviews
Luminous artwork, activities, and stories from around the world combine for an ethereal collection of avian folklore. Six tales have been harvested from the Iroquois, Thai, Yemeni, Ukrainian, Ethiopian, and Japanese traditions. The tellings and radiant paintings capture the essence of the diverse cultures; while most of the stories are available in other collections, the inclusion of several related activities, and the ``Feathered Facts'' that are scattered throughout the pages, make this a valuable compendium of information, very palatably served. A collection not to be devoured in one sitting, but savored section by section. (index) (Folklore. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.