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Exploring Poetry, Language, and Adaptation with Superlative Birds

For bird lovers, word lovers, and poetry lovers alike, Bulion’s latest collection is ideal for classroom explorations of language and grammar, poetry, and the world of birds and their many adaptations, preparing you for April’s bird migrations and celebration of poetry.  

Parrots Over Puerto Rico

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

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

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

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 […]