What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that readers eagerly anticipate the baby bird's next move. Basic language and humorous illustrations keep the tale's tone light.
What's the story?
I want my mother! Will the gritty determination of a very tiny bird win the day? Readers love the suspense and the hilarious conclusion, as a newly hatched baby bird begins a quest to find his mother. Uproarious illustrations complement the comical tale, providing giggles galore for young readers.
Is it any good?
This classic tale is as appealing to modern-day children as it was to their parents decades ago. The short sentences and familiar words encourage new readers to try to tackle it on their own, and it works equally well as a read-aloud for younger children. This title also comes in an abbreviated board-book version.
P. D. Eastman's illustrations prove the old adage that sometimes less is more. The simple line drawings are rendered in shades of brown and gray with brilliant splashes of sunny yellow and vivid red. Children laugh themselves silly over images of the gangly baby bird.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the young bird's confusion and the concept of imprinting.