Dig, Dance, Dive: How Birds Move to Survive

Owlkids. Jun. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781771474399.
K-Gr 3–Beginning with the attention-grabbing thesis statement, “Birds don’t just fly,” Kaner presents the many other ways birds move as part of their day-to-day lives. There are familiar examples (penguin, duck, owl) as well as more exotic species (jacana, kakapo, phalarope). Each entry stresses the form and function of a particular movement, be it a slide for speed, a dive for dinner, or a dance for romance. Steube’s cool-tone illustrations—pencil and watercolor, digitally enhanced—strike the perfect balance between accurate depiction of scientific detail and subtle anthropomorphism of the birds’ natural charisma.
VERDICT A thoughtful and entertaining informational text on avian behavior, suitable for all collections.

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