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Publisher Comments:

Turkey vultures soar on the balmy air, looking for their next stinky feast. These birds dont hunt—they like their food to be already dead, and their eating habits serve a very important ecological role. Vultures are part of natures clean-up crew.

In her signature poetic, energetic style, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre introduces young readers to the world of the turkey vulture. The gorgeous illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Steve Jenkins capture these birds in all their surprising majesty.

 
Vulture View is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Review:

"Sayre (Hush, Little Puppy) and Jenkins (Living Color) buoyantly approach a subject that usually receives a straight and narrow treatment. Instead of a parade of facts, the author deftly employs patterned verse to explore the standout attributes of the turkey vulture (it catches warm air currents to soar, eats carrion, etc.). 'Vultures smell the air./ They sniff, search, seek/ for foods that... Reek!/ Those fragrant flowers?/ No, no./ That spicy smoke?/ No, no./ That stinky dead deer?/ Yes, yes!' Jenkins brings his exquisite brand of paper collage to this hero of the food chain; here the vulture's striated black and gray wings (and sometimes just their silhouettes) contrast against a brilliant cerulean sky that dominates several spreads. The artist's exacting hand can be seen in the ultra-fine shading on the birds' magenta heads or the carcasses (never gory in presentation) that signal dinner for the soaring scavengers. Endnotes delve into more detail, explaining such questions as why the birds can safely eat rotten meat (their bodies can sterilize decomposing food). Celebrating the majesty of an underappreciated creature, this volume should attract a wide audience both for its fascinating content and sprightly execution. Ages 5-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805075571
Author:
Sayre, April Pulley
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Illustrator:
Jenkins, Steve
Author:
Jenkins, Steve
Author:
Pulley Sayre, April
Subject:
Science & Technology - Zoology
Subject:
Turkey vulture.
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Vultures
Subject:
Stories in rhyme
Subject:
Animals - Birds
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Nature/Zoology
Subject:
Science & Nature - Zoology
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-Birds
Subject:
Poetry : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10 x 10 in 0.02 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sayre (Hush, Little Puppy) and Jenkins (Living Color) buoyantly approach a subject that usually receives a straight and narrow treatment. Instead of a parade of facts, the author deftly employs patterned verse to explore the standout attributes of the turkey vulture (it catches warm air currents to soar, eats carrion, etc.). 'Vultures smell the air./ They sniff, search, seek/ for foods that... Reek!/ Those fragrant flowers?/ No, no./ That spicy smoke?/ No, no./ That stinky dead deer?/ Yes, yes!' Jenkins brings his exquisite brand of paper collage to this hero of the food chain; here the vulture's striated black and gray wings (and sometimes just their silhouettes) contrast against a brilliant cerulean sky that dominates several spreads. The artist's exacting hand can be seen in the ultra-fine shading on the birds' magenta heads or the carcasses (never gory in presentation) that signal dinner for the soaring scavengers. Endnotes delve into more detail, explaining such questions as why the birds can safely eat rotten meat (their bodies can sterilize decomposing food). Celebrating the majesty of an underappreciated creature, this volume should attract a wide audience both for its fascinating content and sprightly execution. Ages 5-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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