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Birds

By: Kevin Henkes

Illustrator: Laura Dronzek

Birds can be yellow or blue or brown or "so black that you can't see their eyes or their feathers, just their shapes." A young girl shares what she knows about birds and what she has observed and imagined about them. She wonders how the sky would look if birds left a trail of color as they flew and what birds do if they can't reach their nests in a storm. She even pretends that she is a bird. Full-color acrylic paintings. A 2010 Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. A 2010 ALA Notable Children's Book. A 2009 Booklist Top of the List Editors' Choice.

ISBN: 9780061363054

JLG Release: Mar 2009


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Birds , Colors , Size , Roosting , The sky , Clouds , Trees , Weather , Singing

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Awards & Honors

2010 Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book; 2010 ALA Notable Children’s Books, Younger Readers; Booklist The Best of Editors’ Choice 2009; 2009 Horn Book Fanfare List

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*

Horn Book

In the voice of a young child, Henkes muses on birds, their colors and sizes, their movements and mysteries. Dronzek's acrylic paintings, one part naive, one part William Steig, focus and expand the plain, poetic text. In the final pages we meet our narrator, joining a robin in song. We have moved from bird watching through bird wondering to bird b In the voice of a young child, Henkes muses on birds, their colors and sizes, their movements and mysteries. Dronzek's acrylic paintings, one part naive, one part William Steig, focus and expand the plain, poetic text. In the final pages we meet our narrator, joining a robin in song. We have moved from bird watching through bird wondering to bird being.

Junior Library Guild

Kevin Henkes’s engaging text and Laura Dronzek’s striking and versatile artwork invite readers to take a close look at the birds around them. The book begins with a vibrant painting of a robin viewed through an open window, reminding youngsters that these amazing creatures are part of their everyday world. Other examples follow, introducing bir Kevin Henkes’s engaging text and Laura Dronzek’s striking and versatile artwork invite readers to take a close look at the birds around them. The book begins with a vibrant painting of a robin viewed through an open window, reminding youngsters that these amazing creatures are part of their everyday world. Other examples follow, introducing birds of different colors and sizes by pairing descriptive phrases (“Birds can be BIG”) with related images (a close-up of a flamingo’s long legs and large beak).

Full of concrete detail, the book also has a lyric quality in its attitude toward nature. The young narrator recalls, “Once I saw seven birds on the telephone wire,” and several accompanying illustrations show nearly identical rust-breasted birds lined up in an easy-to-count row. After she looks away “for just a second,” the flock takes flight and a page turn reveals the empty wire, the white background underscoring the surprising drama of this small but breathtaking moment.

The commonplace transforms into the magical as the narrator shares fanciful ideas: seagull-shaped clouds wing across a setting sun in one painting, while another depicts a wintertime tree, its branches bare but for a single cardinal that “. . . looks like one red leaf left over.” Conveyed through eloquent words and art, these reactions to the natural world authentically capture a child’s point of view and illustrate the beauty found in the ordinary.

Book Details

ISBN

9780061363054

First Release

March 2009

Genre

Personal essay.

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.1; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 1.4; Points: 1;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Greenwillow

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Birds, Colors, Size, Roosting, The sky, Clouds, Trees, Weather, Singing,

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