Look Up!

Bird-watching in your Own Backyard
Cate, Annette (Book - 2013)
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Random House, Inc.
A 2014 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

You don’t have to own binoculars and know a bunch of fancy Latin names to watch birds! No matter where you live, they’re in your neighborhood — just look up.

This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader ("Here I am, the noble spruce grouse. In a spruce grove. Eatin’ some spruce. Yep."). Interactive and enjoyable tips bring an age-old hobby to new life for the next generation of bird-watchers.

Baker & Taylor
A conversational, lighthearted introduction to birdwatching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and explains how to identify local varieties by referencing cartoon illustrations that whimsically profile bird characteristics. By the creator of The Magic Rabbit.

& Taylor

Explains how to identify various birds by color, shape, behavior, birdcall, and other characteristics.

Authors: Cate, Annette
Statement of Responsibility: Annette LeBlanc Cate
Title: Look up!
bird-watching in your own backyard
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 51 p. : col. ill. ; 20 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [52]) and index
Subject Headings: Bird watching Birds Identification
Topical Term: Bird watching
LCCN: 2012942416
ISBN: 9780763645618
Branch Call Number: J 598.07 C
Research Call Number: JFE 14-1911
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No matter where you live, birds live there too. Look at the tips in this book—and then step outside to see what you can see.

"Nature-loving kids in cities and suburbs will flock to this chatty, enthusiastic introduction to birdwatching, which emphasises enjoyment over equipment. Author and illustrator Annette LeBlanc Cate encourages readers to learn about birds in their own neighbourhoods, first by simply paying attention to birds' shapes, colours, songs, and behaviours, and only then moving on to more complex characteristics like habitat, range, and migratory patterns. Cate also suggests that drawing birds is a great way to sharpen observational skills, and she provides plenty of inspiration with her busy, colourful illustrations, which include hilarious speech-bubble commentary from the birds themselves." June 2013 Kids' Books newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=649345

Jun 17, 2013
  • emkeller rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even as an adult getting into birding, this light-hearted introduction into the basics is a great way to start. Funny and informative!


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