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Summary: This story about birds is filled with details about the habits and patterns of backyard birds. Some of the birds are given names, many are just called by their species name. This is a story that also serves as a guidebook and introduction to bird watching.
Type of Reading: independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 7 to 10
Reading Level: 4.3
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: Although it starts out as a story, this is really a personalized guide book. There are tons of fascinating facts about birds and their habits that are complemented by lots of pictures. The author has given some of the birds pet names, such as Lovie Dove (a Mourning dove) that detracts from the material. She tries to do too much, and I had a difficult time finding the "life lessons" the author talks about in the introduction. This either needs to be a story that has a lesson (think: Lost in the Wood) or a guided tour of backyard birds.
Pros: Readers will learn lots of information about birds and have the opportunity to see them close-up thanks to great photographs.
Cons: The Life List and Certificate of Birding Completion seem like forced add-ons. The book offers lessons in identifying birds, but this is for older readers, despite being a picture book.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book you can use to become comfortable with what birds look like.
Educational Themes: Use this book as a primer for studying birds. The information offers an excellent foundation for creating a bird map or journal of your yard/neighborhood, as well as a log of bird sightings.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub. This is an unsolicited donation. The Reading Tub reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature.