by Lizzy Rockwell
32 pages; ages 3-7
Holiday House, 2015
One bird is fancy. Another is plain.
But a bird is a bird.
Because, as Lizzy Rockwell shows us, there are some things all birds have in common. They all have beaks - even though some beaks are huge and fat, designed for eating fruit and others are thin and sharp, designed for spearing frogs.
All birds have wings. While some flap and glide high in the sky, others swim and dive in the ocean. And all birds begin life as an egg.
But wait! Insects have wings and they aren't birds. Snakes lay eggs, and they aren't birds. So what is it about birds that makes them different from all the other animals?
Feathers! And those feathers help birds survive. Using detailed illustrations and text that is poetic and simple enough for a beginning reader, Rockwell shows us what makes birds "birds".
Check out Rockwell's book about gardening ~ Plants Feed Us ~ along with some beyond the garden activities. Today we're joining the roundup over at the Nonfiction Monday blog where you'll find even more book reviews. Review copy provided by the publisher.