Bird Show

by Susan Stockdale (Author) Susan Stockdale (Illustrator)

Bird Show
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Welcome to the Bird Show! Award-winning author-illustrator Susan Stockdale offers a front-row seat to a vibrant fashion show starring the world's most diverse and spectacular birds.

★ "Stunning... Wonderful for reading aloud and sharing." --School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Stockdale's background as a textile designer and award-winning nonfiction author-illustrator are immediately evident in this energetic, rhyming celebration of pattern, color, and nature.

Bird Show features a variety of fashionable feathered creatures--from the Mandarin Duck and the Grey-Crowned Crane to the Royal Flycatcher and Golden Pheasant. Their feathers may be simple and solid or speckled, striped, or spotted. They may "wear" a jacket, a scarf, an apron, a headdress. And just like people, each one contributes to our beautiful world, made more vibrant by their diversity.

Little ornithologists and fashionistas will marvel at the book's color and style, and an afterword provides more information about each species as well as an entertaining pattern matching game.

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Kirkus Reviews

A posh performance to read aloud or alone. (Informational picture book. 2-7)

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 2--This stunning title celebrates birds using brilliant colors and rhyming verse. As in her 2011 picture book Bring on the Birds, Stockdale honors the incredible diversity of birds, their habitats, and unique adaptations. Like models in a fashion show, each bird describes its traits and characteristics. For example, the cardinal proclaims, "My coat has one color," and the yellow-breasted chat declares, "My apron is yellow." The featured birds and their natural environments are identified in thumbnails at the end of the text, and their descriptive names paint a vivid picture. The included quiz to match colors and patterns to the respective bird completes the text and keeps readers engaged. Although cataloged in the natural sciences, Stockdale's mellifluous prose deserves to be classified as literature and her vibrant acrylic illustrations are art. VERDICT Wonderful for reading aloud and sharing; recommended for every library to introduce art, poetry, and glorious birds to young readers and lucky listeners.--Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax Cty. P.L., VA

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Publishers Weekly

In spirited rhymes, author-illustrator Stockdale introduces 18 birds from around the world, showcasing broad variations found across nature by describing the birds' daily "fashion show." Simple couplets boast bouncy metaphors that compare feathered looks to items of human clothing and accessories, relayed through the first-person perspective of each fowl: "I flaunt a full skirt/ of milky-white lace," reads a spread featuring the Great Egret, followed by a page showing the Yellow-breasted Chat ("My apron is yellow") and another featuring the Superb-Bird-of-Paradise ("my dress has a face"). Sharp, streamlined illustrations clearly depict each bird and its distinctive plumage alongside thick, colorful borders and spare prose in a book that will surely appeal to the littlest bird watchers--and fashion designers. Back matter includes a guide to each of the birds pictured, including their native habitats, as well as a seek-and-find for the birds' patterns. Ages 2-6. (Mar.)

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Review quotes

"With a brief text and clearly delineated, vibrant artwork that shows up well from a distance, this book is a natural for reading aloud during preschool or primary-grade bird units." —Booklist
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2021

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