From School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Lucy and her grandfather are birdwatchers. Both look for an elusive robin with their binoculars and see many other birds before finding the redbreast. Each spread focuses on one or two birds, with a flap to lift for interesting facts. For example, "tufted titmice like hair to line their nests and will pluck it right off a live animal!" The cut-paper collage illustrations are appealing, and the pages feature interesting fonts and other materials. The interior of the book is lively, colorful, and creative with simple shapes covered with details. The audience for lift-the-flap books tends to be young, perhaps up to age six, but the text seems far more sophisticated. Steve Jenkins's books also provide interesting, sometimes quirky facts and also use cut-paper illustration, but in a more straightforward, accessible way for young audiences. Despite its shortcomings, Ziefert's book is recommended for general purchase.-Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, MEα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
At various residences, Harriet Ziefert can watch songbirds, seagulls, and the ubiquitous pigeons. A particular favorite bird watching venue for Harriet and her family is Concord, Massachusetts's Nine-Acre Corner, where there are ducks galore. The author lives in South Orange, NJ.Noah Woods
is a graduate of UCLA and the Art Center College of Design. He has received Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators and is the creator of Tom Cat.