Neighborhood birds singing about a party wake Kate up and seem to invite her.
Off she goes, down the path, past the garden to a field of wild strawberries. Basket in hand, she stops to pick, then hurries on toward the brook. There she finds baby mallards, just one week old. The wild berries are a perfect present for wild ducklings. Even better, there’s homemade strawberry jam waiting when she gets home. Overall-clad Kate has button eyes and a simple but surprisingly expressive face. This classic home-away-home story is enhanced by accurate information about familiar birds with believably transliterated songs. The cardinal whistles, "Par-ty! Par-ty! Party!" The meadowlark encourages, "Party is ne-ar! Party is ne-ar!" and when Kate is ready to give up, the killdeer points the way, “Quick, here! Quick, here!” Endle uses a variety of painted and patterned papers for her mixed-media collage illustrations. Plentiful greens and tans are accented by the colorful birds and berries. Ten different kinds of birds are shown accurately enough for identification. An ending glossary tells more about each species in the order of appearance and gives their Latin names. In conclusion, a list of standard field guides and a reputable website offer further resources.An irresistible invitation. (Picture book. 3-7)