Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love bird-watching! As a kid, I think it is very exciting to find a nest of birds and be able to watch them grow up and fly away!
By Kate Larkinson
Photos by Steve Larkinson
24 pages – ages 3-5
Published Independently 2013
Theme/Topic – Nature / Birds
Opening and Synopsis –
Taken from the book’s description -
“One of the baby birds seems to be missing. His greedy siblings have pushed him out of view! A tale of sibling rivalry and their parents love for ALL their offspring.”
Momma bird only counts three babies! Where’s number four?
Dad comes in to figure out the mystery! And then there are more!
Why I liked this book – I like the pictures in this book! They are very cute and I admit I can’t resist a baby bird! Just look at some of the photos -
Aren’t they CUTE?!
I like the simpleness of this story! There are very few words on the pages, but the book is meant for very young kids so that is perfect. I think kids will love to look at the baby birds’ faces, and the antics of the bird family in the real-life photos. On the book’s website it says that Mr. Larkinson found this nest of “swallows in the eaves of a small bakery in south-west France” and he photographed them . Ms. Larkinson added the rhyme to the story. I think this book is great for kids just learning to read and/or to get young kids into loving nature.
Activities and Resources -
Make a story! Do what the Larkinsons did! Go outside and take some pictures. Try to make a story out of them. Kids love taking pictures (at least I know my sister and I do). It is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature!
Make a birdhouse Since it’s fall (here) and there are plenty of squash around here (if you are near here ), I found instructions for a build-your-own gourd birdhouse! The instructions are from the DIY Network. Click HERE to see them.
Watch Eagle Cam! A friend of my grandfather’s told me about this live Eagle Cam! It is a video camera pointed to a bald eagle’s nest. This past spring I was able to watch eaglets hatch and grow until they flew away in July. This coming spring you can watch the whole thing again! Right now the camera is turned off because there are no eagles there but there are videos on the site so you can see what happened. Bookmark the page and come back next spring! Click HERE to go to the Eagle Cam at Duke Farms, in Hillsborough, N.J.!
Go bird-watching! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (my new word of the day) has a great section on its website all about getting kids involved in bird watching. They can learn about migration, adaptations, conservation, all kinds of things! It also teaches kids what to look for on bird to identify them. Click HERE to go THERE!
Visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (virtually or in real-life)! Hawk Mountain is in Kempton Pennsylvania and is said to be one of the best places in North America to view hawk migrations. Our family has gone to Hawk Mountain to watch the hawks. It is a research and conservation center too. You can visit Hawk Mountain’s website HERE and learn about all kinds of raptors at their website.
Where do you go to go bird watching? What is the coolest kind of bird where you live? I know I’d love to see a kiwi down under!
No, not that kind of kiwi -
Yes, that’s the one!
Visit the Little Bird Lost website HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!