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THE BLUES GO BIRDING ACROSS AMERICA by Carol L. Malnor

THE BLUES GO BIRDING ACROSS AMERICA

By Carol L. Malnor (Author) , Sandy F. Fuller (Author) , Louise Schroeder (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-58469-124-2
Publisher: Dawn Publications

The first in a planned series, this introduces readers to the BLUES, a bluebird band of five members. Their mission is to compose a new song for their first big concert on the lawn of the White House on the Fourth of July. To accomplish this, they are visiting the different regions of the United States and listening to the birdsongs in those areas. This clever conceit introduces young children to the joys of birdwatching. Each spread includes a page from one of the BLUES’ notebooks as well as a page from a field guide. Taken together, these give readers some interesting facts about each bird. Birding tips scattered throughout will help aspiring birdwatchers successfully begin their new hobby. Backmatter includes a map of the United States marked with each bird’s location and a list of sources for further information. Schroeder’s BLUES are full of personality, each with his/her own strengths, interests, likes and dislikes. She keeps them easy to identify with accessories in their favorite colors, and the cartoonish main characters stand out well from the more realistically portrayed regional birds and their habitats. A creative introduction to a popular hobby. (Picture book. 5-8)