Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?

by Rita Gray and Kenard Pak

While playing in the countryside, a boy and girl observe several species of birds.... read more

While playing in the countryside, a boy and girl observe several species of birds. Each bird is identified with a single line about a trait they have or action they take, followed by their call. “Mourning doves take their morning stroll. / Coah, cooo, cooo, coooo. / Woodpecker calls from a tree with a hole. / Cuk-cuk-cuk-cuk-cuk. / Starling sings from a metal pole. / Whistle-ee-wee-tree.” A chorus interrupts every few pages, asking about the songless nesting robin. “But have you heard the nesting bird? / Not a single tweet or trill. / This nesting bird is so still!” Impressionistic illustrations in muted natural tones portray the birds’ appearances and capture their movements accurately and attractively. The final two pages of Q-and-A titled “A Word with the Bird” offer an engaging way to share scientific information about the actions of nesting robins. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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