BIRDS by Carme Lemniscates


Age Range: 3 - 5
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The author/illustrator of Trees (2017) presents another broadly titled work, similar in illustration and feel.

Vibrant digital illustrations, reminiscent at times of watercolors, show many different birds—birds of all shapes, sizes, and colors, compared in their natural habitats and in flight. The presumed narrator is a brown-skinned, dark-haired young child, walking and bicycling around outdoors, observing birds, and spending time with a pale-skinned friend. Many different birds are presented in this book—a peacock, geese, an eagle, a hummingbird, macaws, owls, and more—but none are identified in any way. The text, an abstract homage, is gentle and spare, but it often feels disjointed and may not mesh with the developmental level of the young readers likely to be attracted to it: “A bird’s song is like the loving words of a friend. // A happy song that greets us every morning. // And our hearts sing, too, because birds are like good news coming. // Or messages of peace.” Birds are presented as metaphor and inspiration as well as physical beings; the last spread show the young protagonist riding on a goose, high up in the sky, surrounded by different birds. “They make our imaginations soar.” Endpapers are filled with individual feathers of different birds.

This book of birds tries to take off but doesn’t fully fly. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: March 12th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5362-0178-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick Studio
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2019


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