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Vulture View Hardcover – October 2, 2007
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“Jenkins's dynamic, brightly colored collages show the birds from different viewpoints and are often quite dramatic, especially the black silhouettes of the animals set against a red sky at sunset. The use of questions in the poetic text will also engage children. . . . A welcome resource.” ―School Library Journal
“Sayre's text is positively gleeful in its exposure of the previously unacceptable subject matter to a child audience, depicting vultures not as cartoon villains but as a necessary part of nature. Jenkins's textured collages reveal unapologetically ugly vultures against a breathtakingly clean blue sky, almost chortling as they juxtapose lovely blossoms with the decomposing deer carcass.” ―Kirkus Reviews--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
APRIL PULLEY SAYRE is the award-winning author of more than fifty natural history books for young readers. She and her husband live in South Bend, Indiana.
STEVE JENKINS has illustrated many books, including the Caldecott Honor winner What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their three children.
Top Customer Reviews
I had no idea we had such talent in our own backyard! I'm looking forward to investigating her books more and learning from her. After looking at a few of her titles, I checked out Vulture View. This is a great preschool level book. The illustrations, done by Steve Jenkins are mainly done with cut and embellished papers. The text combines a simple story line with informational text woven into the story. The book looks at several animals and plants it might be attracted to until it finds what it would like to eat--a stinky, dead deer! The book uses simple text and pictures that engages the reader to learn more about the vulture. Many action words make this an excellent read aloud story. I loved that the book tackled head on that vultures like to eat carrion. That yuck or gross factor is perfect for kids. I also liked the informational pages at the back of the book, which contained basics on vultures and a list of additional resources. Additional information like this helps me when teaching classes as I have a little more to add than just what I read to children.
Update: I had to buy the book and love reading it to both children and adults! When we get to the stinky dead deer, they are all going eww! They also glide and soar right along with the turkey vulture.
The book is full of beautiful illustrations and simple dialogue that clearly explains a turkey vulture's life (turkey vultures have red heads). There are also opportunities to talk with your child about science, nature, and birds as well as the vulture.
The book opens with the sun rising and the air warming as the vulture takes off to glide on the warming air. The words are simple and often rhyme. My granddaughters actually liked the book and enjoy talking about nature and its cycles while trying to understand why this species of bird eats dead animals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 4-year-old nephew adores this book! It's his all-time favorite and he reads some of the words himself. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marcia A. Abbott
with a new fascination for vultures, my nephew fell in love with this book. The illustrations are beautiful! It was a big hit!Published on February 14, 2014 by Cherry
This is currently my 15 month old grandson's favorite book. We read it at least 4 times a day. Black vultures winter near my house and we will have at least 150 sunning on the... Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by CindyB