Snow Birds

HarperAlley. (Beak & Ally: Bk. 4). Jan. 2023. 64p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780063021679.
Gr 1-3–In this fourth volume of the series, wintertime brings a flock of migratory birds (aka “snow birds”) to the swamp, much to Beak’s delight and Ally’s chagrin. It’s all fun and dance parties at first when Beak invites Ruffles, Chirpy, and crew to stay at his tree. However, the snow birds quickly outstay their welcome. When the snow birds reject Beak after being told to move, it’s up to Ally to support her feathered friend and make things right. Early readers who enjoy expressive animal characters will enjoy diving into this brightly colored, easy-to-follow graphic novel. This short but sweet exploration of friendship highlights the importance of respecting others’ space and boundaries.
VERDICT Familiarity with the series is helpful but not essential. Fans of Brian “Smitty” Smith’s “Pea, Bee, & Jay” will likely enjoy this series.

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