Take a fun, 15-question quiz developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to find out what kind of bird you would be if you were a bird, that is.
Join mom and her son on one of their regular nature walks, as they play their favorite outdoor game, 'Am I like you?' As they happen upon and observe different birds along the trail, each with their own unique personality traits and behaviors, they consider which one they feel most like on that daya journey not just of trail and terrain, but also of exploration into self-discovery, affinity and identity. As the story unfolds, young children will have the opportunity to see parts of themselves in the wonderfully-illustrated feathered friends, and ultimately be able to take a little quiz on a special dedicated title website, to see which birds they are most like.
From renowned birding author, Laura Erickson and the Cornell Lab Publishing Group's very own President and author, Brian Scott Sockin, Am I Like You? is a wonderful new picture book that empowers parents and children to explore the world of birds together.
As with all Cornell Lab Publishing Group books, 35% of the net proceeds from the sale of Am I Like You? goes directly to the Cornell Lab to support projects such as children’s educational and community programs.
Am I Like You? by Laura Erickson and Brian Sockin, illus. by Anna Rettberg, in which a mother and son on a nature walk play a game where they consider the characteristics of birds they observe and imagine which bird they feel most like that day.
A light-skinned, blond boy and his light-skinned, brown-haired mother wander through the woods, looking at birds. Presumably in an effort to encourage observation and to allow the child to relate to wildlife, they play a (awkwardly worded) game called "Am I Like You?" in which they address the questions "What birds are like us? / What birds are we like?" The illustrations are skillfully drawn, bold, and Disney-esque in aesthetic, clearly and accurately portraying characteristics of common North American birds: American robin, chickadee, cardinal, blue jay, red-tailed hawk, hummingbird, Canada goose, mallard, great blue heron, pigeon, and owl. However if the intention of this book is to introduce characteristics of birds to young children, it falls short. The text consists of poorly scanned, sometimes confusing verse that anthropomorphizes birds but does little to illuminate their true characteristics and habits, in some cases even obscuring them. This book seems to bend over backward to popularize nature study and in doing so, dumbs it down by providing too little factual information for a curious child or for a teacher or parent to share with a young reader. Surely the resources of the publisher, the respected Cornell Lab of Ornithology, could be tapped to provide a child-friendly technical guide to the birds portrayed. More a 21st-century meditation on selfhood than an encouragement to quiet observation. (Picture book. 4-6)