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Birdy's Smile Book (Christy Ottaviano Books) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 28, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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K-Gr 3–Redheaded, round-eyed Birdy and her dog, French Fry, take readers through the many reasons to smile. There's not much here in the way of plot or even keen observations: "Smiles make people happy! I try to smile at everyone I see. And most of the time they smile back!" One comment follows another, in no discernible order. A few are entertaining, such as when Birdy decides that if she were food, she'd be cheese, since everyone smiles when a photographer yells, "Cheese!" She describes different smiles, situations, and sayings, and even mentions the relationship between smiling and the release of endorphins. Readers may wonder just how old Birdy is. And that's one of the book's core problems. The bouncy, color-zapped, zany fonts and illustrations would point to the three- to five-year-old set, but the outrageous jokes and puns, along with the missing story line, indicate an older audience. That said, though, it's hard not to smile at the encouraging thoughts and enthusiastic pictures throughout the book. The "mirror" on the last page will tell kids instantly whether Birdy's Smile Book did its job.Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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“It’s hard not to smile at the encouraging thoughts and enthusiastic pictures throughout the book.”--School Library Journal

 

"The collaged illustrations are bold and textured and occupy white space in Keller's characteristically exuberant style.” --Kirkus Reviews

 

“Keller's (Do Unto Otters) goofy, buoyant cartoons, underscored with curlicue display type, set an upbeat tone that's in keeping with Birdy's attitude.” --Publishers Weekly

 

Birdy’s Smile Book is fun to read any time, but it is especially helpful if you have a little one that doesn’t feel like smiling. If the cute, happy story doesn’t get them smiling then the fun mirror in the back where you can practice smiling will put a grin on even the grumpiest of faces." --Peekaboo Picks

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Christy Ottaviano Books
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805088830
  • ASIN: B0057DCHZG
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,408,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Reeves VINE VOICE on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Birdy's Smile Book is not only cute, but its message is clear. It doesn't take much to smile so why don't we all try to do it more often? While reading through we see Birdy and her dog French Fry go through a journey of sorts - showing all the many reasons why you should smile. There's not a true plot to this one, but it doesn't need it. As Birdy walks us though how everyone's smile is different and all the many reasons why it's good to smile, you can't help but smile yourself - which is exactly what the book has set out to do.

The Illustrations are vibrant and extremely entertaining - fitting right along with the message. Laurie has done a great job with both to make this picture book great for kids all around.

I would recommend this book to anyone with grade school kids and could see how smiling could become a great topic of discussion over a family dinner. Enjoy!

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Our 4 year old granddaughter is choosing this every night and almost has it memorized. So much fun to read, darling illustrations, and mirror included. My favorite part is practicing the smiling at the end. I am looking at ordering other books but the same author. It's so cute I can hardly stand it.
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I've fallen in love with the books by Laurie Keller but Birdy's Smile is my favorite. The illustrations are bright and funny but the text to this book is hilarious. My grandchildren never get tired of having me read this book to them and their favorite part is the mirror at the end!
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