The Beak Book

S. & S./Beach Lane. Jan. 2021. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534460416.
K-Gr 2–Young readers who are curious about birds from around the world will enjoy Page’s latest offering, which provides a colorful and informative look at one unique feature of a bird: its beak. Whether a bird is using its long beak to sniff out food like a kiwi, its curved beak to climb up a branch like a macaw, or its large beak to keep cool in warmer temperatures, a bird’s beak plays an important role. The text, which follows the pattern “This beak is for..,” uses a larger type to emphasize the beak’s particular function. Simple, declarative sentences make this ideal for read-alouds or for readers who are just starting to read independently. Vibrant, textured illustrations not only show the bird up close but also depict the action described in the text. Captions provide further information, although the text is written at a higher reading level than the main text. The back matter includes a map of birds mentioned in the book, as well as additional sources. Page shows that despite their differences, all birds use their beaks to start life in the same way: by breaking out of their shell.
VERDICT This detailed overview would be an excellent choice for collections that are looking for additional titles about birds.

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