Synopses & Reviews
You dont have to own binoculars and know a bunch of fancy Latin names to watch birds! No matter where you live, theyre in your neighborhood — just look up.
This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader ("Here I am, the noble spruce grouse. In a spruce grove. Eatin some spruce. Yep."). Interactive and enjoyable tips bring an age-old hobby to new life for the next generation of bird-watchers.
"An array of talkative cartoon birds bring energy and humor to this small-format guide to bird-watching. With help from sidebars, charts, and some very opinionated birds, Cate explains how to identify various birds by color, shape, behavior, birdcall, and other characteristics. Meanwhile, bug-eyed birds banter with each other and boast about their traits in dialogue balloons ('Hee hee! You can't eat me we're in a chart!' taunts a blue-gray gnatcatcher that's being eyed by a predatory merlin). Despite their goofy behavior and appearances, Cate's birds are realistic enough to give readers the tools to recognize them in the wild. Cate's informal hobbyist tone and all-around enthusiasm is infectious, as she emphasizes that bird-watching is as much about being aware of one's environment as it is about identifying specific birds. Ages 8 up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Annette LeBlanc Cate is the author-illustrator of The Magic Rabbit. Shes been watching and drawing birds for many years, and she loves pointing out funny stuff about them. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.