Synopses & Reviews
Birds come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Birds are magic. Birds are everywhere. If you listen very carefully you will hear them, no matter where you live. And if you look very closely you will see them, no matter where you are. And if you can't go outside right this minute, you can always read this book!
“Birds trust[s] the intelligence and imagination of young children, and thats what makes this a perfect book.” New York Times Book Review
“The words and pictures create a book that will enchant preschool audiences again and again.” Booklist (starred review)
“The child voice in this charming story is just right and will resonate with the very youngest children.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Words and pictures perform a perfectly choreographed dance here.” Horn Book (starred review)
In what the New York Times Book Review calls a perfect book, a little girl watches birds from her window and dreams she can fly. A board book edition of the critically acclaimed picture book from the award-winning husband-and-wife team of Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek. An ALA Notable Book.Birds
will resonate with the youngest children, said School Library Journal
. With a fine eye for detail, a girl observes and describes birds their sizes, their colors, their shapes, the way they move and appear and disappear, and how they are most like her. She imagines what it would be like if clouds looked like birds, or if she could ask the birds questions. Though she can t fly, the girl can do one thing birds do she can sing. Vibrant and lively paintings accompany a text pitched precisely to preschoolers in this husband-and-wife collaboration. This board book edition offers a fresh perspective and a new point of view to very young children. Booklist
said, Together, the words and pictures create a book that will enchant preschool audiences again and again. "
About the Author
Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon
in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times
bestsellers Lilly's Big Day
and Wemberly Worried
, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen
, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song
(2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll
and Penny and Her Marble
(a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review
piece about A Good Day
, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels—one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller
, and the other for Olive's Ocean
. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia
, Bird Lake Moon
, The Birthday Room
, and Sun & Spoon
. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.
Laura Dronzek is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally. Her picture books include Moonlight, by Helen V. Griffith; the acclaimed Birds, by Kevin Henkes; and White Is for Blueberry, by George Shannon. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.