Super Swifts: Small Birds with Amazing Powers

Candlewick. May 2024. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781536231489.
Gr 1-3–Anderson introduces readers to the small, unassuming birds who migrate yearly from central Africa to northern Europe as the “champions of the bird world.” The narrative then follows the swifts from the Congo across deserts, mountains, and oceans, until they reach their nesting places in the United Kingdom. There they meet their mates and raise the next generation of swifts before migrating all the way back to Africa and starting the process over. Interspersed are facts and further information for curious readers or those completing reports. Robin’s mixed-media illustrations are pretty and will inspire readers to seek out photos of swifts to confirm what the birds actually look like. Back matter includes facts about other species of swifts as well as an index.
VERDICT A secondary purchase for collections where books on birds and nature are popular.

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