Thursday, March 10, 2016

#MMBBR Art Through Stories: Birds





*Note: We did not have enough time to get to the third book.



This Story is Told in Pictures… so children 3 to 6 can “read” the pictures and enjoy the story.

Waking up early one morning, Early Birdy watches Mother Birdy catch a worm. Inspired, Early Birdy wants to catch one too. But catching a worm isn’t as easy as it looks. Join Early Birdy on an exciting and funny adventure set in a beautiful springtime forest environment created by illustrator Bill Bolton. Don’t be surprised to find yourself “smiling from ear to ear”. Don’t for one minute think you’re going to “read” (aka narrate) this story to your child because you’re the adult and your child is, well, the child. Your child can “read” the pictures as well as you can. A fact that changes how this story will be read: this is a story you and your child can read together. You might start the collaboration by asking a question: You: What do you see in this picture? Child: A little baby birdy is waking up You: And in the next picture? Child: A big bird is catching a worm. You: Meanwhile back in the nest? Child: The little birdy is watching. Child: He wants to catch a worm, too. He flies down. Child: He sees a worm. Child: He bites it. Child: And then uh oh! That’s not a worm! See what just happened? you and your child were reading the book together, until your child got much too excited to wait for you to ask a question. Suddenly your preschooler is telling the story as fast as she can turn the pages. And you’re thinking, “Wait a minute! My 3-year-old doesn’t know how to read. But she’s so excited—I can’t stop her from telling the story. She’s running away with the story. What happened to our quiet little game of question and answer?”

MY REVIEW:
I adore this books because it allows me and my children to picture read, which can be a million books in one!  It is also great to use in the classroom because I can change the story for the age and tell a long or short story. I can have the children tell me what they think is going on based on the pictures and it opens up a world of imagination. The illustrations are wonderful as well! I wish there were more books out there as good as this. The pictures are pretty funny too, which makes all the more fun! 5 stars!!!!



Some birds are huge and some are tiny. Some birds are fantastically colorful and some are plain. What do all birds share?
Early nonfiction expert Lizzy Rockwell explains that birds have beaks, wings, and feathers, and hatch from eggs. Other animals might have some of these features in common, but only a bird has them all. Only a bird is a bird!
A clear text and graceful illustrations cover dozens of different birds and their shared characteristics, as well as the unique qualities of unusual birds, such as penguins and peacocks.

MY REVIEW:
I love birds and I love this book. It is an educational and colorful book about all things birds. It contains drawings of all many species of birds. This book has become my staple book for my bird lessons. Kids go crazy for this beautiful book and get inspired artistically by the fabulous pictures.  Informative and oh so fun. 5 stars


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