Written and illustrated by: Mary Newell DePalma
Published by: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 14 Feb 2014
Ages: 3 – 7 years
Theme: nature, adventure, wonder, growing up
Opening Lines: After much effort two little birds emerged from their eggs. “It’s very bright!” “There’s lots of room!”
Synopsis: Two little birds hatch and grow until one day, they see an amazing sight: hundreds of birds, all flying together in one direction. They decide to join in, and so begins an amazing and sometimes dangerous journey that they never could have imagined. Eventually they return home — and the cycle starts over again.
Why I like this: Beautiful cute illustrations such as the one on the cover in soft hues of blues and greens with touches of bright honey colour in full page spreads is a delight to look at, especially for little kids. With very sparse text in clever rhyme Mary makes use of different fonts to add umph. Mary has also included an Authors note about the migration of birds in the back cover.
One thing I have noticed when reviewing picture books is how sparse the text is especially when the author illustrates their own books such as this one. There is so much that is left to the illustrations.
Resources/Findings: Book Trailer… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlQEpRjvuPk
Mary’s website full of information about Mary and her illustrations and activities…. http://www.marynewelldepalma.com/aboutmarynewelldepalma.html
Here is a great bird craft for kids…. http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2012/07/summer-virtual-book-club-don-and-audrey.html
More ideas for crafts within the school on pinterest….. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/118219558939615320/
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