Bring On the Birds – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Bring On the Birds by Susan Stockdale
Published by Peachtree Publishing

Daniel has a new obsession when we are outside: birds.

Of course, the variety of birds we see around here isn’t so great, mostly I don’t think there is enough variation that he can even tell one bird from another, with the exception of the geese, ducks, and maybe the robins. With his current obsession he is really enjoying Susan Stockdale’s Bring On the Birds.

Stockdale’s book combines a great rhythm and rhyme with gorgeous illustrations, while at the same time describing the breadth of diversity among birds – diversity we don’t see so much here in the Midwest. Daniel is a little young for this to be more than a general exposure to the fact that these are all birds, but parents of older children could have discussions about diversity and all the different ways that birds live. The text is relatively simple and there isn’t much of it on each page, but Bring On the Birds could potentially be used for children up to 2nd or 3rd grade to talk about biodiversity.

This would be a great title to go out and get to read to your child for Earth Day.

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Peachtree publishing is sponsoring a blog tour of many of their Earth Day-appropriate titles. Here are the posts from last week:

 

Monday 4/11:
A Word’s Worth – *Review of At the Sea Floor Café
Archimedes Notebook – *Review of Planting the Wild Garden
Tuesday 4/12:
A Patchwork of Books – Guest post by Melissa Stewart, author of A Place for Fish
Abby the Librarian – Review of Bring On the Birds
Jenn’s Bookshelves – *Review of A Place for Fish
Wednesday 4/13:
Simply Science – Review of At the Sea Floor Café
Book Dads – Review of Planting the Wild Garden
Archimedes Notebook – *Interview with Kathryn O. Galbraith, author of Planting the Wild Garden
There’s a Book – *Review of A Place for Fish
Thursday 4/14:
Book Dads – Interview with Wendy Anderson Halperin, illustrator of Planting the Wild Garden
A Word’s Worth – *Review of About Habitats: Grasslands
Abby the Librarian – Interview with Susan Stockdale, author/illustrator of Bring On the Birds
Friday 4/15:
There’s a Book – Interview with Melissa Stewart, author of A Place for Fish
Jenn’s Bookshelves – Review of Planting the Wild Garden

 

 

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Three Hens and a Peacock – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester A. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole
Published by Peachtree Publishing

The Tuckers’ farm is a quiet place until, one day, when a peacock shows up on the front step. Not one to sit idly by, the peacock starts strutting his stuff, and draws a crowd to the Tuckers’ farm stand. Not too surprisingly, the hens start to get jealous of all the attention the peacock is getting, especially since he doesn’t even do any of the work around the farm, not like them, intrepid egg-layers that they are. In order to calm everyone down, the farm hound dog suggests that the peacock and the hens switch jobs.

My very favorite thing about Three Hens and a Peacock is the illustration. The pictures are gorgeously drawn, slightly cartoonish with rich, beautiful colors. The level of detail in the illustration just adds to the pure beauty. I also like the twist on the ‘be yourself’ storyline; the hens are so much fun when they are trying to fancy themselves up, to be what they aren’t. You really can’t beat chickens with beads, bows, and bracelets. Plus, you know Daniel loves the fact that there are chickens, not to mention cows (although the cows are just part of the farm backdrop).

Three Hens and a Peacock is a fun and beautiful book, and one our family has really enjoyed. Highly recommended.

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Powells | Indiebound | Amazon*

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Little Rabbit Lost by Harry Horse – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Little Rabbit Lost by Harry Horse
Published by Peachtree Publishing

Little Rabbit, of selfish at Christmas fame, is having a birthday! He and his family are going to a theme park. Of course, flawed child that he is, he is convinced he is all grown up, and that he can – or should be able to – go on any ride he wants, because he is clearly Grown Up now. Frustrated at not getting his way, Little Rabbit wanders off to one attraction he actually can go on, and suddenly realizes he doesn’t know where any of his family is anymore.

In all honestly, this books is still a little too old for Daniel. It is a little more complex than most of the other books we read together. However, it does seem to keep his attention most of the time. There are so many things for him to look at on each page, things he can point to and ask me about. These are fairly complex pages, though, and in some moods that can be just too much. On every page, though, is Little Rabbit with his red balloon, something that Daniel could track from page to page to keep himself centered and concentrating on the book.

“Little Rabbit Lost” is a book I am going to keep reading to Daniel over and over. It might be a little over his head, but it keeps his attention, and it uses fabulously rich language. Little Rabbit’s balloon isn’t big, it is “enormous,” as his brothers and sisters ride the roller coaster, the “zoom,” and when Little Rabbit gets into the bouncy house he “clambered on and jumped and bounced.”

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Powells.*
A local independent bookstore via Indiebound.*
Amazon.*

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Little Rabbit’s Christmas – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my new feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy, since we are definitely reading more than one book a week!

Little Rabbit’s Christmas by Harry Horse
Published by Peachtree Publishing

All Little Rabbit wants for is a red sled and, once he gets it, all he wants to do is play with it himself. Those paints and tools his friends got? BORING. Who wants paints when you could go sledding? So, after being really fairly obnoxious in begging for/demanding the sled for Christmas, he wants nothing but to go and play with his sled by himself, he doesn’t want to play with his friends and their toys, and he certainly doesn’t want them to play with his sled. Until he runs into some trouble, and his friends come through for him and he realizes that Christmas is really about friends, family, and togetherness, not just getting things.

Harry Horse is really convincing with Little Rabbit’s greedy, obnoxious selfishness, so much so that I was actually worried at one point that he would continue to be obnoxious the whole book long. However, he was totally redeemed, and he was totally redeemed in a very realistic way. I really enjoyed this, and I’m looking forward to reading it with Daniel over the next few years. It was ever so slightly too long and with too many words on the page for Daniel right now at 18 months, but it still managed to keep his attention pretty well, because of all of Little Rabbit’s whooshing around on his sled.

Highly recommended.

Buy this book from:
Powells.*
A local independent bookstore via Indiebound.*
Amazon.*

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* These links are all affiliate links. If you buy your book here I’ll make a very small amount of money that goes towards hosting, giveaways, etc.

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