Birds by Kevin Henkes was published in 2009 and I hadn't picked it up yet. I'm so glad I picked it up now as I ponder creating a bird feeding area/observation space outside our classroom windows. More on that later. Birds is written for young children and reflects the thinking and observations a young child would make. I love how the book begins with an interaction with a bird. "In the morning, I hear birds singing through the open window." Often when children or adults see or hear something they may think further about a subject as does the narrator in this book. I think this book would be a great mentor for children to read and think about writing daily observations in their own book. My favorite page is a painting that illustrates the thought of birds making marks as they fly. I could see children trying to replicate this painting.
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