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Starred Review. PreSchool-K—This brief introduction to birds focuses on such basic features as their different colors and sizes. Soft acrylic paintings that appear as spreads, vignettes, and framed scenes match a text that perfectly conveys the young narrator's fascination with the birds in her environment. "Once I saw seven birds on the telephone wire. They didn't move and they didn't move and they didn't move. I looked away for just a second…." Three lines of identically positioned birds on wires appear with the text across the spread. Then a page turn reveals a thick, black, empty wire stretched across a stark white spread along with the words "and they were gone." The youngster imagines what the sky would look like if the birds could make marks with their tails and how bird-clouds would look during the day and at night. She can't really fly like the birds, but the final page demonstrates one way in which she can imitate them. The child voice in this charming story is just right and will resonate with the very youngest children. And the little girl's musings can encourage more "what if" conversations that will spark their imaginations.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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*Starred Review* Created by a husband-and-wife team, this delightful picture book bridges the space between concept books and longer narrative stories. An unseen narrator hears birds singing through an open window and looks out to see birds that represent concepts, such as color, shape, size, and number. The story becomes more sophisticated as it progresses. The narrator’s questions about birds open an exploration into more abstract, organic concepts about the natural environment: “If birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew, think what the sky would look like,” for example. At the story’s end, the now-visible narrator, having imagined herself as a bird throughout the book, is back at her window, singing. Henkes’ spare, direct words have a lyrical magic, while Dronzek’s bright acrylic paintings, in saturated primary color and heavy black outlines, reflect the text’s plain elegance while carrying an exuberant energy all their own. One particularly memorable spread shows a large flock of black birds filling the sky in elegant trajectories of flight. Together, the words and pictures create a book that will enchant preschool audiences again and again. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Thom Barthelmess
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 410 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061363049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061363047
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Voelker on November 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We heard this book at library storytime and checked it out. Then renewed it. And again. Then returned it and checked it out the next day. It's on my 1 year old's Xmas list so we can own it. He wants it read to him at least five times a day. When it's done he cries, sometimes. This review is obviously biased because hey, babies are strange and unpredictable. But I love reading it to him too. I love the imaginative language and the pictures.
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One of the nicest songs to get up to in the morning is the singing of the birds. You can hear them sing "through the open window." There are all different colored birds. There are red, blue, brown, red "or even green, I think." Some birds are so dark you can only see their shape, nothing more. There are big birds like flamingos or tiny ones like hummingbirds. There are all kinds of "in-between" sized birds like owls, finches, seagulls and pipers.

Sometimes there are many birds all lined up in a row on a telephone wire. You can hear them chatter if you are close enough, but every now and then if you look away "for just a second . . . gone!" In this book you will see amazing patterns that birds would create if their tail feathers were like paintbrushes and "made marks with their feathers when they flew," or what birds would look like if they were clouds in the morning or at night. You will see them in trees and BOOM flying up and away to the sky. Have you ever wondered where birds go when it rains?

The text and the art work blend together in a magical way to bring the love of birds and birdwatching to the young child. Many children seem to share their fascination of birds with their parents. This book is easy to read, especially given the visuals, but would be much more fun if someone read it to them. It's a perfect book to read aloud during circle time as well. Birds are beautiful creatures, aren't they?
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Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek have created a simple and lovely picture book that is perfect for passing on `bird loving' to the youngest generation.

An open window
A curtain blowing in the breeze
Pink cherry blossoms against a backdrop of clear blue sky
A robin perched on a branch, head raised, mouth opened wide, singing his morning song

The above describes the first of many simple but moving illustrations. Laura Dronzek's artwork flows so perfectly with the text that I had to double check if Henkes both wrote AND illustrated this book. When the text is basic, the art is basic. But when the text builds and becomes more imaginative, so does the art.

The imaginative section is my favorite part of the book. I love the following text and the illustration it inspires.

"If birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew, think what the sky would look like." Here Dronzek shares her vision of the sky in a colorfully busy, exciting, and almost chaotic image.

"If clouds were birds the sky would look like this. Or this." Here the artwork moves the reader into tranquility. On one page, yellow and blue create a beautiful sunset over water with yellow bird-clouds soaring above. The next page has a lovely night sky image where three bird-clouds sleep, curled up peacefully among the stars and under a full moon. The next spread carries this peaceful moment forward with a soothing snow scene. Snowflakes fill the pages, and a lone cardinal rests on a branch in a naked tree. Then, SURPRISE! Silhouettes of birds crowd the branches of the leafless tree. The next spread brings an explosion of black against the blue sky as a swarm of bird silhouettes takes flight.
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I purchased this book for my 18 month old son who loves birds. The illustrations are beautiful and simple. The words flow and encourage imagination (If birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew, think what the sky would like.)I highly recommend this book for all toddlers, especially those who love birds.
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I purchased this book to read to my grandson's preschool class. They loved it! It is just right for this age group. The illustrations are wonderful. The text is simple. Children had the opportunity to count and to review colors. A wonderful book!
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My daughter who isn't even two yet adores this book. She exclaims birdie! And has fun pointing at each one. She's learned the colors of each and can't get enough of this book. We originally got it from the library but she lived it so much we bought s cooy
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Nice enough for reading to child, but I was looking for a more realistic representation of common and backyard birds for my 18 month old grandson, who was very intrigued with what he was seeing through his window.
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I love reading this book to groups this time of year. It reinforces for kids the beauty of all the birds that are singing outside their windows. The simple story and the simple and sometimes elegant illustrations make this perfect for group sharing. It always generates lots of audience response and really prompts the imagination. A big recommend for group and one on one sharing.
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