|Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why, by Lita Judge|
What Birds Are Saying and Why
Written and illustrated by Lita Judge
Roaring Brook Press, 2012
Grades 1-4, 48 pp, Lexile 820
"In backyards, forests, and meadows, the air is filled with bird talk. But what are they saying?"
|Really lovely illustrations showcase various birds and their forms of communication. Organized by purpose, the text is easy for kids to understand and relate to (yes relate to!) Introduces unusual birds and their unusual behaviors as well as ways in which birds squawk, call, and signal to each other—and why. Not fact-heavy, but filled with facts that will stick. Includes more detailed back matter.|
What I Love:
I love Lita Judge's style of illustration. Her colors are soft. Her characters are fun to look at. They are biologically correct, but also take on personalities and expressions without being cartoony. I loved the word choices in this book. The text had a light tone which made the information easy to digest. Judge imagines what the birds are saying, "Look at me." "I'm the strongest." "Pick me." This approach makes readers think about the birds as thinking, living creatures.
What impressed me the most was the way the information was organized. The flow from one bird to the next as well as the page layouts, kept me turning pages right to the end, and then back to the beginning for another go. The whole book seems effortless, like a walk in the forest with a fascinating guide, rather than a bookish collection of facts.
1. Learn to identify birds' speech with helpful tips from Education.com Then listen to bird calls with videos from Kiddopedia.
2. Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers downloadable lessons to identify bird sounds and their various functions.
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4.North Carolina University offers an excellent guide to natural landscaping which will attract birds to your area and help them flourish.Then visit A Home For Wild Birds for seed and treat recipes.
5. Little Birdie Secrets has created edible bread stick birds which have to be seen to be believed. Or opt for the easy plum and pretzel bird from Canadian Family.
6. Check out these and more related Perfect Picture Books at your local library.
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