Noisy Bird: Sing Along
Written and Illustrated by John Himmelman
Different kinds of birds sing different songs. The sounds, habitats and diets of a few birds are told in simple direct sentences. The contrasting colors used by John Himmelman make each page an individual beauty. Correct details of each habitat and every bird described will provide young readers with things to find and study in each picture for a long time. This entertaining book will also draw teachers and librarians to seek out other books by the same author.
Second grade readers will be able to read the text independently, in many cases, but much younger children will enjoy having it read to them. Older children may use it for science reports or for ideas to use in building dioramas.
Children who love to draw or paint might be encouraged to try illustrating things from their own backyard after studying these realistic illustrations.
The sounds included provide teachers, parents and readers an opportunity to practice the literacy skill of onomatopoeia while learning about birds. What fun it would be to have different children assigned to make the call of a particular bird.
This is a good introduction to reading nonfiction books and picking out important details. After reading it, students might write a nonfiction sentence of their own.
The activities and facts at the end of the book will encourage and aid young readers to broaden their knowledge of birds and birding.
This book will be a great addition to classroom, school, and home libraries for children ages 3 -8.
- Title: Noisy Bird: Sing Along
- Author/Illustrator: John Himmelman
- Publisher: Dawn Publications, March 1, 2015
- Reviewer: Elizabeth Swartz
- Format: Paperback, 32 pages
- ISBN: 978-1-58469-514-1
- Genre: Nonfiction, animals
- Grade level: Preschool to 3
- Extras: Fun facts, birding activities, resources and related information