- Age Range: 2 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books; First Edition edition (January 23, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803736886
- ISBN-13: 978-0803736887
- Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 1—An enthusiastic killdeer chick hatches ("Ta-da!") and discovers what he can do in the wondrous world around him. "I've studied me, and oh, my word. I am one amazing bird! This stripe is handsome, don't you think? And look! My eyes can…blink blink blink!" While the rhymes occasionally feel forced, the overall rhythm is satisfying and energetic. There is even a lovely surprise at the end: another chick being hatched. The watercolor and ink illustrations show just the right amount of detail in the chick's surroundings and cheerfully portray his delight in his appearance and accomplishments.—Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI
A killdeer chick bursts from its shell with a “CRACK!” and sets off to explore the big wide world. From the get-go, Esbaum’s text crackles with energy: “Hoo-boy, that shell was getting tight. / I shake myself. / Look left. Look right. / I feel my legs, all folded up. / They’re wobbly. Will the hold me. . . ? / Yup.” The chick sets off running, feeling its feathers ruffle in the breeze and seeing its reflection in a pond. Along the way, the chick notices things about its body, from “lots of teensy feathers” to blinking eyes and a long, sharp beak. The chick is full of enthusiasm and pride, much like a human toddler. Corace’s ink, watercolor, and pencil illustrations add plenty of charm, as our chick teeters on long, long legs and passes everything from tortoises to butterflies. In the end, when the chick’s mother calls her little one back with a “kil-DEE-DEE-DEE!,” there’s a surprise waiting: a newly hatched baby sister. Rollicking from start to finish, this has oomph is spades—enough to match bouncing storytime attendees. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ann Kelley
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This special baby bird is not only newly hatched but knows the ways of the world as soon as it becomes the oldest sibling.
#funny #birds #growingup
Written by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Jen Corace and published by Dial Books for Young Readers.