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In what the New York Times Book Review calls “a perfect book,” a little girl watches birds from her window and dreams she can fly. A board book edition of the critically acclaimed picture book from the award-winning husband-and-wife team of Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek. An ALA Notable Book.

Birds “will resonate with the youngest children,” said School Library Journal. With a fine eye for detail, a girl observes and describes birds—their sizes, their colors, their shapes, the way they move and appear and disappear, and how they are most like her. She imagines what it would be like if clouds looked like birds, or if she could ask the birds questions. Though she can’t fly, the girl can do one thing birds do—she can sing. Vibrant and lively paintings accompany a text pitched precisely to preschoolers in this husband-and-wife collaboration. This board book edition offers a fresh perspective and a new point of view to very young children. Booklist said, “Together, the words and pictures create a book that will enchant preschool audiences again and again.”

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-K—This brief introduction to birds focuses on such basic features as their different colors and sizes. Soft acrylic paintings that appear as spreads, vignettes, and framed scenes match a text that perfectly conveys the young narrator''s fascination with the birds in her environment. "Once I saw seven birds on the telephone wire. They didn''t move and they didn''t move and they didn''t move. I looked away for just a second…." Three lines of identically positioned birds on wires appear with the text across the spread. Then a page turn reveals a thick, black, empty wire stretched across a stark white spread along with the words "and they were gone." The youngster imagines what the sky would look like if the birds could make marks with their tails and how bird-clouds would look during the day and at night. She can''t really fly like the birds, but the final page demonstrates one way in which she can imitate them. The child voice in this charming story is just right and will resonate with the very youngest children. And the little girl''s musings can encourage more "what if" conversations that will spark their imaginations.— Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Created by a husband-and-wife team, this delightful picture book bridges the space between concept books and longer narrative stories. An unseen narrator hears birds singing through an open window and looks out to see birds that represent concepts, such as color, shape, size, and number. The story becomes more sophisticated as it progresses. The narrator’s questions about birds open an exploration into more abstract, organic concepts about the natural environment: “If birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew, think what the sky would look like,” for example. At the story’s end, the now-visible narrator, having imagined herself as a bird throughout the book, is back at her window, singing. Henkes’ spare, direct words have a lyrical magic, while Dronzek’s bright acrylic paintings, in saturated primary color and heavy black outlines, reflect the text’s plain elegance while carrying an exuberant energy all their own. One particularly memorable spread shows a large flock of black birds filling the sky in elegant trajectories of flight. Together, the words and pictures create a book that will enchant preschool audiences again and again. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Thom Barthelmess

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“The words and pictures create a book that will enchant preschool audiences again and again.” -- Booklist (starred review)

“Words and pictures perform a perfectly choreographed dance here.” -- Horn Book (starred review)

“The child voice in this charming story is just right and will resonate with the very youngest children.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)

“Birds trust[s] the intelligence and imagination of young children, and that’s what makes this a perfect book.” -- New York Times Book Review

From the Back Cover

Birds come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Birds are magic. Birds are everywhere. If you listen very carefully you will hear them, no matter where you live. And if you look very closely you will see them, no matter where you are. And if you can''t go outside right this minute, you can always read this book!

About the Author

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator and is the recipient of the Children’s Literature Legacy Award for his lasting contribution to literature for children. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Sun Flower Lion, A Parade of Elephants, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in a house in Madison, Wisconsin.



Laura Dronzek is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally. Her picture books include Moonlight, by Helen V. Griffith; It Is Night, by Phyllis Rowand; and White Is for Blueberry, by George Shannon.

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ScotFlowerTop Contributor: Children''s Books
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Impressed - educational, creative, and inquisitive all at the same time
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2017
WOW! What a great book! It is educational, creative, and inquisitive all at the same time. It covers colors, sizes, imagination, artistic expression, literary/poetic language, and asks science questions like "Where do birds go when it rains?" This would be a... See more
WOW! What a great book! It is educational, creative, and inquisitive all at the same time. It covers colors, sizes, imagination, artistic expression, literary/poetic language, and asks science questions like "Where do birds go when it rains?" This would be a GREAT book to start a unit on birds with toddlers age (2-3 is my guess). Students could cut out bird images and sort them by color, determine the distinguishing features of birds (versus other animals), explore tactile baskets filled bird themed items (feathers, nest, eggs, seeds, 3D birds, etc.), match bird photos to their names, listen to each of those bird''s calls, go bird watching with a checklist, count the birds and graph them, make a bird diorama with all the things that species needs to live, do all sorts of creative writing/art/crafts, and even answer that question in the book about what birds do when it rains ;-) Heck you could even spin off from this book to do a similar units on mammals, reptiles, fish, insects, amphibians, etc.

My only issue with the book, it that it is difficult to see the difference in size between the flamingo and the rest of the birds, because the flamingo is off the page, but I do not think that is enough to lower my 5/5 star rating.
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DMM
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My 13 month old''s new favorite
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2019
Baby has been obsessed with birds lately, so I bought this book, and, to my delight, he loves it. The writing doesn''t talk down to kids and encourages them to imagine. The art is simple and sweet and engaging for babies. I prefer a different art style but I''m still giving... See more
Baby has been obsessed with birds lately, so I bought this book, and, to my delight, he loves it. The writing doesn''t talk down to kids and encourages them to imagine. The art is simple and sweet and engaging for babies. I prefer a different art style but I''m still giving this 5 stars because my son loves it and hey, it''s about him when it comes to kids'' books!
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A nice book
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2020
I liked the art. It’s a pretty good book. Just some general info about birds. Not their names though, which might have been fun - kids like to recognize things. At the end it brings the POV back to the little girl who wants to fly, but can’t, so she sings (like a bird)... See more
I liked the art. It’s a pretty good book. Just some general info about birds. Not their names though, which might have been fun - kids like to recognize things. At the end it brings the POV back to the little girl who wants to fly, but can’t, so she sings (like a bird) instead.
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aedenrivers
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Beautiful book!
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2019
This is a beautifully written and illustrated book about birds. It has simple, lyrical language, making it a pleasure to read and listen to. The pictures are marvelous--simple, but beautiful, with nice balance and bright colors. This is a book children will gravitate... See more
This is a beautifully written and illustrated book about birds. It has simple, lyrical language, making it a pleasure to read and listen to. The pictures are marvelous--simple, but beautiful, with nice balance and bright colors. This is a book children will gravitate toward!
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Great as Usual
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018
Great introduction to birds for small children. It also has gorgeous art and defenitly meets the standard that Henkes has created. I also feel this one also very Montessori friendly.
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A. Sterk
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Favorite read in our house
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
A favorite of my 1 1/2 year old daughter’s. We love this book and read it multiple times a day.
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Deep Roy
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fun, fun, fun
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
my family found this book fun to read; our daughter loved to look at the birds too!
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Morgan G.
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Great for the imagination and creative thinking!
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2014
This is a great book. It doesn''t rhyme, but it is very imaginative with great illustrations. Thinking outside the box like, "If birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew, think what the sky would look like," and "If there are lots of birds in one... See more
This is a great book. It doesn''t rhyme, but it is very imaginative with great illustrations. Thinking outside the box like, "If birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew, think what the sky would look like," and "If there are lots of birds in one tree and they all fly away at the same time, it looks like the tree yelled, "SURPRISE!"" It offers a lot of great examples to help children think creatively.
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Kathryn A. Hayward
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Four Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 16, 2017
This is great but I thought I was ordering the bigger version
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Graham Canning
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Bird Book for toddlers
Reviewed in Australia on October 4, 2018
Good book for 20 month Grandson who is obsessed with birds.
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obli
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Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on September 22, 2014
This is a beautiful book.
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tom schofield
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Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on May 25, 2015
The grandkids loved it.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on November 13, 2015
Like new and arrived quickly.
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