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Birds Hardcover – February 17, 2009
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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?
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a book for adults- not enough information for children or Adults not pleased.Published 2 months ago by charlotte a. settles
Beautiful illustrations add to this simple, sweet look at birds. This was a favorite with my preschool class and one I will introduce each year!Published 2 months ago by sallyamz
Beautiful photos! Not a story that grabs readers necessarily but it is the pictures that do so. Great tool when teaching about birds to introduce or start your unit. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathryn Johnson
Birds by Kevin Henkes
Colors, shapes and sounds of the many birds the little girl finds they share something in common. Read more
As part of our first-grade bird study, I read this beautiful book. Imagine what the sky would look like if birds left a trail of color with their tail feathers... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Manuel
This is a beautiful book but hasn't been the hit I expected it to be with my 20 month old grandson who is fascinated by birds. Again, I think it will be a book he grows into. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Terri Edmondson