The Blues Go Birding Across America (The Blues Go Birding Series)
Carol L. Malnor and Sandy F. Fuller
Dawn Publications (2010)
Reviewed by Grayce Richardson (almost age 6) for Reader Views (05/10)
Grayce: “The book follows a band of bluebirds who are looking for a new song and they think they are going to find it from other birds. They should make up their own song like ‘Hey, hey we’re the bluebirds.’ I learned that the bald eagle sounds like kak kak. I learned that scientists track birds with bands on their feet. I learned that seagulls eat trash and shouldn’t eat breads because it grows in their stomachs. The roadrunner can run at 15 mph. The great horned owl eats other owls! The red headed woodpecker’s tongue wraps around its skull! Hummingbirds hum with the wind not their beaks. And mocking birds can mock a cellphone! My favorite part would be all the pictures to describe the story. Sammy said, ‘Girls rock!’ I think girls rock too.”
Parent’s comments: From the beginning, Grayce was immediately drawn in to the story as told through the little family of bluebirds. She made comments like, “I like the fact they have little hats. One has a funny Mohawk. It looks like it’s going to be a fun and cute book. This is an awesome book.” We really lingered over this book and re-read it as we tried to remember something unusual about each bird. Just today when we saw six vultures tearing apart a dead opposum in the road and heard them grunting, we were reminded of this book and that the lowly vulture is actually a “helpful citizen who keeps our environment clean by eating dead animals.” “The Blues Go Birding Across America” is the second book we have read from Dawn Publications, whose books all strive to share nature with children, and I plan on buying more.