illus. by Carme Lemniscates. 40p. Candlewick. Mar. 2019. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781536201789.
PreS-Gr 3—This introduction will inspire young readers to open their ears and eyes to the beauty and diversity of birds. The first half of the book highlights their differences with simple comparisons and contrasts. "Some like to show off, while others would rather watch." This spread features a flamboyant peacock on the recto and two wide-eyed owls perched on a branch on the verso. Size, song, homes, and migratory habits are also mentioned. The second half of the text highlights how people observe and appreciate birds. "A bird's song is like the loving words of a friend… Birds are free. They make our imaginations soar." Crisp, bold mixed-media illustrations on a white background enhance readers' understanding of the text. A huge, fierce eagle flies high above a bird's-eye view of the fields below while a tiny blue hummingbird sips nectar from a luscious pink cherry blossom. The endpapers are adorned with myriad feathers. Pair with Kevin Henkes's Birds or Lizzy Rockwell's A Bird Is a Bird for a soaring storytime.
VERDICT Even the youngest audience will appreciate this celebration of our fine feathered friends.

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