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Lesser Spotted Animals

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Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of Written and illustrated by Martin Brown Published by Scholastic, 2016 (release date Dec. 27, 2016) ISBN #978-1-338-08934-9   Grades 2 and up   Book Review “Those big shots have hogged the stage too long.” Indeed, as the introduction to this book declares, it’s time for […]

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 […]

Here Come the Humpbacks!

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Written by April Pulley Sayre Illustrated by Jamie Hogan Charlesbridge Publishers ISBN 978-1-58089-405-0 All Ages Book Review “The mother and calf swim over underwater hills and valleys. They see seaweed and sailfish and squid. They pass turtles and trash.” Using her trademark writing style (sentences of alternating length, robust verbs, alliteration, and similes and metaphors), […]

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 […]