Saturday, March 26, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

Ten Birds by Cybele Young

This is one of the most unique counting books I've come across! Ten birds are attempting to make their way across the river, being as resourceful as possible. The "Brilliant" bird makes stilts, while the "Extraordinary" one builds a hot air balloon of sorts, and so on until there is only one left...the "Needs Improvement bird." Little do those birds know that "Needs Improvement" has the most common sense of them all.

Great vocabulary words and a unique counting format are accompanied by beautiful black and white illustrations.  Definitely a unique book that would make a beautiful gift. 

Ten Birds
Cybele Young
32 pages
Picture Book
Kids Can Press
March 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi and illustrator Kyrsten Brooker

This book has so much going for it, I don't even know where to start! Fred lives in the city, yet he has three beehives on the roof of his building (point for urban beekeeping), he teaches us about how bees make their homes in hives (point), and what they do when they're out buzzing around (point). Fred also teaches us about what to do with the honey once the bees have made it (point) and all sorts of neat facts about hives and bees in general (point). 

Beautiful illustrations are the icing on the cake! The book could be a great asset to a unit on bees or just as a nice read aloud that has some educational aspects. I'm really impressed with this one!

The Honeybee Man 
Lela Nargi
40 pages
Picture Book
Schwartz and Wade
March 2011
Review copy provided by publisher


Jes said...

I will have to add Ten Birds to the kids library. Nate is so facinated by 10, plus this is a great look at "inventions."

Beth S. said...

The Honeybee Man looks great! Will definitely have to check that one out!