Noisy Bird Sing-Along

illus. by John Himmelman. 32p. (The Noisy Sing-Along). further reading. Dawn. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781584695134. LC 2014031421.
K-Gr 2—This exuberant introduction to bird sounds covers many species found across the country—house sparrows, mallards, robins, yellow warblers, nuthatches, and more—and others from more limited ranges. Each spread shows the bird calling in its habitat and describes the sound and the landscape. Large and striking, bright images of each bird fill the page. Especially effective are the entries on the American woodcock, the whip-poor-will, and the barred owl. The tap-tap-tap of the downy woodpecker and the hum of the Anna's hummingbird's wings are nonvocalization sounds that round out the repertoire of these 12 noisy creatures. An appended one-page "Fun Facts About the Birds" adds more information. Tips for teachers and caregivers are covered in "Birdy Things to Do," as are resources for further learning activities.
VERDICT This fun, informative, and inspiring title is a solid addition to science collections.

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