LISTEN TO THE BIRDS: A KidLit Chicken Guide Assessment

By Susan Wroble

Susan Wroble is a Denver-based kids’s creator with a concentrate on science-based tales. When she will not be writing, you will discover Susan attempting to rework her yard right into a native plant habitat or working at Colorado Youngsters’s Hospital with the household’s remedy canine. She has a lifelong love of birds, maybe instilled at start along with her center identify—Burd.

In case you are trying to find a e book to attract children right into a love of birding, ornithologist Donald Kroodsma’s Take heed to the Birds could be the right match. Kroodsma, a birdsong specialist, is greatest identified for his books for adults: The Singing Lifetime of Birds, Birdsong by the Seasons, and Listening to a Continent Sing.

In Take heed to the Birds, Kroodsma teamed up with illustrator and designer Léna Mazilu and interactive developer Yoann Guény to create a nonfiction baby’s image e book of widespread North American birds that’s accompanied by an augmented actuality “Birdie Reminiscence” app. With the app downloaded onto a telephone and the telephone digicam pointed to a fowl within the e book, the fowl appears to come back alive, transfer — and sing. The impact is totally enchanting.

From the writer’s standpoint, the e book is aimed toward kids in grades 1-3, however readers have given it a a lot wider age vary, from 4-11 years. Be aware that this isn’t a e book to ship off to kids within the youthful age of that vary for them to learn on their very own, because the studying degree (860 Lexile) is usually kids aged 11-14. As a substitute, it is a e book to learn with children. Mazilu’s richly patterned, brilliantly coloured illustrations invite readers right into a deeper exploration of the birds on every unfold.

Take heed to the Birds can also be an ideal e book to pair with a morning hike with kids. The e book’s construction is good—Kroodsma divides the e book into two sections: a daybreak stroll in Jap North America, and a second stroll in Western North America. In every, he begins the imagined stroll in a park earlier than heading into edge habitat after which into forest, and alongside the best way introduces the readers to the widespread birds in every of these habitats. Within the jap park on the sting of city, for instance, we meet the American Robin, the Northern Cardinal, the Tufted Titmouse, and the Blue Jay. For every fowl, Kroodsma has given the widespread mnemonic of the tune, a number of paragraphs with particulars in regards to the fowl, and a enjoyable reality.

This can be a e book that could possibly be learn in its entirety earlier than your hike, then once more briefly sections, specializing in the 3-4 birds in that habitat after which persevering with the hike earlier than studying the subsequent part. Utilizing the interactive Birdie Reminiscence app to hear to every fowl earlier than heading into the subsequent portion of your hike will help children in figuring out these birds by their morning tune. Together with the animation and tune, the app provides a bit of knowledge on every fowl, their scientific identify, and a hyperlink to a sonogram to replay the tune.

The again matter on this e book is very wealthy. Kroodsma gives extra sources, in addition to a glossary that covers in additional element things like innate tune, quick number of tune, and eventual selection. The “Selection in Birdsong” part explains dialects, repertoires, patterns, and variations. In different sections, Kroodsma explains why birdsong is seasonal, and the connection between happiness and tune, whereas “Listening with Your Eyes” provides an introduction to studying a spectrogram.

With its treasure trove of particulars on tune, habits, and habitats, this e book and app mixture is so partaking that grownup readers might discover themselves new details proper alongside the children.


Take heed to the Birds by Donald Kroodsma, illustrated by Léna Mazilu, with Birdie Reminiscence app by Léna Mazilu and Yoann Guény

Norton Younger Readers, 2023

ISBN: 978-1-324-03103-1

$19.95 USA; $25.95 Canada

64 pages, Grade degree 1-3 (per writer), Lexile 860

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