A Garden to Save the Birds
A Garden to Save the Birds

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Annotation: A brother and sister learn that small changes can make a big difference.
Catalog Number: #256204
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Albert Whitman
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Mayumi, Beatriz,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8075-2753-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-9193-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8075-2753-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-9193-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2020032162
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This picture book starts with a bang, which, unfortunately, is the sound of a bird flying into a house's window. Siblings Emmy and Callum rush outside in time to see the sparrow-sized bird fly away (whew!), but they also notice how their windows reflect the sky, tricking birds into thinking there's no glass there. This experience triggers a flurry of research by the kids and their mother, leading them to make many bird-friendly modifications to their home and habits. They add patterned film to their windows, install a heated bird bath, grow native plants in their garden, and lower their blinds at night. Soon the entire street follows the family's lead, resulting in their neighborhood's designation as a certified wildlife habitat. This fact-packed story isn't the most smoothly written, often missing opportunities to draw clear correlations between an action and its intended result. However, it holds lots of potential for classroom use and project inspiration. A detailed afterword offers a thorough explanation of obstacles facing migratory birds, conservation notes, and ways kids can help our avian friends.
Kirkus Reviews
When Emmy and Callum hear a bird hit their window, they are worried that it might be hurt.The bird flies away unscathed, but it gets Emmy and Callum thinking about what other parts of their home might be dangerous for birds—and what they can do to make it less so. With the help of their mother, they begin by putting decals on their windows, filling the bird feeder, and letting flowers go to seed. As the year progresses, they learn more about what birds need at different times of the year. In the fall, when birds migrate, Emmy and Callum turn off the disorienting porch lights and fill their jack-o’-lantern with healthy birdseed. In the winter, when snow falls, they build a shelter of sticks. Soon Emmy and Callum decide they want to do more, eventually involving the whole neighborhood in transforming the area into a certified wildlife habitat. As narrated by Callum, this book is an engaging guide to environmental activism. Emmy and Callum’s gradual shift from individual actions to community organizing feels organic and doable: Readers can accomplish almost all of the activities they model. (More information is provided in the backmatter, along with resources.) At times the prose gets clunky, but generally the text is clear and fun to read aloud. The gentle, pastel-hued illustrations feature a brown-skinned family and neatly complement the earnest and gentle text.A welcome can-do story about environmental activism. (Picture book. 4-7)
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ALA Booklist (3/1/21)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

When a bird flies into their window by accident, Callum and his sister, Emmy, learn that from the outside, the glass looks just like the sky. They also learn that the United States has lost a lot of birds in recent years--and that there are lots of things their family can do to help. First, they set out feeders and make the windows safe. Then, for the winter, they build a little shelter and put out a heated birdbath. By springtime, all kinds of birds are visiting their yard! But with such a big problem, is there more they can do to make a difference?

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