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Parrots Over Puerto Rico

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Written by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore, Illustrated by Susan Roth Published by Lee & Low Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-62014-004-8 Grades 2-8 Book Review There is a great deal of talk in the world of children’s books today about the ways in which e- books and apps  can provide readers with a sense of the […]

Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

Written and Illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate Candlewick Press, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4561-8 Grades 3-8 Book Review “Some people think that nature is something experienced by other people – people who live out in the country. But no matter where you live, you are a part of the natural world, just as the birds and other […]

A Home for Bird

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Written and Illustrated by Philip Stead A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press ISBN 978-1-59643-711-1 All Ages Review Should you ever lose a beloved toy or dear possession, you can only hope that it receives a level of tender care that approximates the devotion Vernon the toad demonstrates in Phillip Stead’s A Home for Bird. This […]

Bird Talk: What Birds are Saying and Why

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Written and Illustrated by Lita Judge Roaring Brook Press, New York, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-59643-646-6 Grades K-8 Review Did you know that the American Robin has hundreds of different calls? Or that a Flamingo chick speaks to its parents from inside the egg as it begins the hatching process?  Or that Western Grebes dance in unison […]

Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story

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Written and Illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 2011 ISBN 978-0-374-34913-4 Grades 3-8  Book Review There are wetlands, and there are wetlands. For many adults, the Meadowlands of New Jersey can rouse certain images: chemical factories belching out smoke, Tony Soprano, the massive convergence of crowded highways leading in and out […]