Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Bring On the Birds

Bring On the Birds

Susan Stockdale
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
Peachtree Publishers, 2011   ISBN: 1561455601

Birds come in a dazzling array of sizes, shapes, and colors. Some are enormous, like the ostrich, while others are tiny, like the little jeweled hummingbirds. There are birds that skim, and birds that swoop. There are birds that dance, and birds that dive.

In this book, Susan Stockdale beautifully captures the incredible variety of birds that can be found around the world. With its full-page acrylic illustrations, and its minimal lyrical and rhyming text, this is a wonderful book to share with little children who are beginning to appreciate that birds are fascinating animals.

At the back of the book, the author provides her readers with further information about the bird species that are show in the illustrations. The information helps children to understand what they are seeing in the artwork, and where the bird or birds in question come from.

This book can be enjoyed by little children, who will appreciate the artwork and the simple text, and by older children, who will enjoy reading the fact-filled section at the back of the book.