One Dark Bird

Beach Lane/S. & S./. Jul. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534404434.
PreS-Gr 1–One little starling, sitting on a branch, is slowly joined by others until an enormous multitude joins together, filling the sky. Starlings swoop and dive in enthralling unison until danger approaches and they scatter in different directions seeking safety. Starlings are amazing little creatures that delight with their ability to put on a synchronized aerial performance worthy of an awe-inspired crowd. In this counting picture book for young children, readers will observe the comings and goings of ten little starlings and then hundreds more as they gather to form a murmuration, as is eloquently described on the title page of the book. Set in a sun-bathed city with unique hand drawn buildings and colorfully highlighted birds, the artwork in the story engages the reader as much as the rhyming text. Mixed media techniques add interest and deep jewel tones add beauty and warmth.
VERDICT A tool to teach both early science and math concepts, this picture book will be useful both in and out of the classroom

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