We Are Starlings: Inside the Mesmerizing Magic of a Murmuration

Random. May 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593381632.
Gr 1-4–A stellar narrative nonfiction book about the collective of starlings and their migration. The book opens on a close-up of two starlings; with every spread the number of starlings increases, giving readers the sense and visual depth of the group, which can grow into the thousands and even into the millions. The text poetically describes how the murmuration can be supportive, an alliance, and a defense against predators, while the scenes support this thrillingly. Every digital watercolor lends movement and poignancy to the text. A great read-aloud to share with a group and a great introduction to starlings, Furrow and Napoli’s book would make a grand companion to Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre.
VERDICT This book answers so many questions about the formations starlings create against the sky without taking away the wonder. It’s stunning.

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