Peachtree. May 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781682635537.
PreS-K–For as long as anyone can remember, Bibi has been a source of knowledge and comfort for her flock of lesser flamingos. And as the sun beats down and the lake surrounding them evaporates, Bibi volunteers to lead the flightless chicks on foot to a new home several miles away. But when it comes time for the flock to take to the skies and migrate, the focus shifts, and everyone gets to return the support Bibi has always shown them as they prepare to travel together. This lovely picture book blends a true experience lesser flamingos have every year with qualities found in multigenerational human society. Patient, accessible text forms the backbone of the narrative, incorporating both description and dialogue as Bibi and the chicks make their journey together. Positive and encouraging interactions are modeled by the flamingos and can be replicated by human readers, as well. At the end of the book, a brief paragraph shares more details about lesser flamingos for readers interested in investigating further, including the meaning of the words Bibi and Toto in Swahili. The detailed illustrations are beautifully crafted using a limited color palette of pinks, blacks, and whites, which establishes the typical appearance of lesser flamingos while providing a compelling visual for young children. Each spread is captivating and memorable, and readers of all ages will find something to connect with in this book.
VERDICT This charming story will enhance STEM-themed read-aloud collections for young readers.

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