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In what the New York Times Book Review calls “a perfect book,” a little girl watches birds from her window and dreams she can fly. A board book edition of the critically acclaimed picture book from the award-winning husband-and-wife team of Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek. An ALA Notable Book.

Birds “will resonate with the youngest children,” said School Library Journal. With a fine eye for detail, a girl observes and describes birds—their sizes, their colors, their shapes, the way they move and appear and disappear, and how they are most like her. She imagines what it would be like if clouds looked like birds, or if she could ask the birds questions. Though she can’t fly, the girl can do one thing birds do—she can sing. Vibrant and lively paintings accompany a text pitched precisely to preschoolers in this husband-and-wife collaboration. This board book edition offers a fresh perspective and a new point of view to very young children. Booklist said, “Together, the words and pictures create a book that will enchant preschool audiences again and again.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061363047
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/17/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 157,239
Product dimensions: 11.56(w) x 9.66(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Laura Dronzek is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally. Her picture books include Moonlight, by Helen V. Griffith; It Is Night, by Phyllis Rowand; and White Is for Blueberry, by George Shannon.


Madison, Wisconsin

Date of Birth:

November 27, 1960

Place of Birth:

Racine, Wisconsin


University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Birds 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kowasuza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book about birds for preschoolers combines pages on colors and sizes of birds with musings about birds' sctivities. Bright acrylic paintings which look like pastels illustrate the words. Younger children aged 2-5 will enjoy this book.
elainevbernal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kevin Henkes, Birds, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 2009.Birds is a beautifully illustrated book featuring the concepts of shape, size, and color. The book gradually builds the concepts - from birds of all colors, to birds of all shapes and sizes, to clouds shaped like birds, and birds that look like leaves. The illustrations are drawn in acrylic paint giving it a soft texture with colors that catch the eye. Birds is a great read aloud for children 5-7 and sparks imagination and curiosity about the world around them.
VaterOlsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wisconsin author and illustrator team up for this beginner's book of birds that explores color, size, and behavior.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you ever wonder what the sky would look like “if birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew”? Do you ever think about how “sometimes in the winter, a bird in a tree looks like a red leaf leftover” ? In Birds, the images in your head come to life and you are swept up in a whirlwind of color. Birds by Kevin Henkes is a beautifully written book about birds. It muses on different kinds of birds, and how, much like people, none of them are the same. In Birds Kevin writes about a girl who wishes she was a bird. The girl talks about birds and their shapes, sizes, and colors. The illustrations, done by Laura Dronzek, are bright, colorful, and simply beautiful. They give you a good sense of the moments the writer wants you to see. We can see details that feel loud; the bold lines and bright colors make me feel happy. This book makes you want to go outside and birdwatch for hours and look for all the different kinds of birds Henkes describes in the book. This book is full of imagination and great ideas. One thing that makes this book so good is how relatable it is. In Birds, Henkes talks about and gives us amazing images of experiences that we have all witnessed.
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This book is a whimsical book about birds. My son enjoys it.
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