Starlings and their ability to form the avian phenomenon known as murmurations propel this rhyming counting tale from day into night.
The sun shines on an iridescent bird as it surveys its world. Soon its group grows from one to 10, allowing readers to count each starling silhouette. As they fly over a multicultural town, hundreds join their flock to chatter and sing. But when danger appears, the starlings act as one, twisting and turning across a twilight sky until dusk slowly sends them home. Thus begins a quiet countdown, ending with one starling asleep in a moonlit tree. Scanlon’s closing stanza, almost identical to the first, brings a deliciously satisfying end to the day. Digitally collaged illustrations, done in a warm color palette, use simplified shapes to playfully symbolize different objects. Close-ups of the starlings’ lustrous, rainbowlike colors highlight Preston-Gannon’s skillful understanding of the way light reveals itself on a dark form. A brief but thrilling description of starlings and murmurations on the title page may pique older readers’ interest while the rhyming text and lush illustrations will hold the attention of all.
Perfect for the budding ornithologist’s bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-7)