It’s great to be back for PPBF! Today’s selection comes from an author I’ve recently “met” online – Roxie Munro. I was at the library with the kiddos earlier this week, and the book cover caught my eye. I was delighted to find it was one of Roxie’s!
Written and illustrated by Roxie Munro
Marshall Cavendish Children, February, 2011
Suitable for: Gr K-6
Themes/Topics: Nonfiction, Birds, Nature, Eggs, Environment, Habitats
Opening and brief synopsis: From Kirkus: The selection of birds allows for both the familiar – ostrich, hummingbird, eagle – and the unusual: black-legged kittiwakes, cactus wren, pegged for both the musicality of their names and some good and strange facts. Birds that sleep on the water with one eye open? Birds that build a nest as big as a car? Birds that can dive 700 feet under water? A bird taller than a professional basketball player? Birds that squat on anthills for the stinging thrill of it? They are all here. Munro doesn’t just dole out the odd facts, but paints – literally and figuratively – a fine portrait of each bird, the kind that will keep a young reader rapt.
Activities: TeachingBooks.net has an interview with Roxie about Hatch. The book also includes extensive back matter, including a list of books and websites with more information about birds. It even has a glossary of “bird words.”
Why I Like This Book: I’m sure I’ve mentioned that my son is a huge nonfiction lover – usually the more boring (in my opinion) the better (in his). So it is always a special joy to find a book that we can both love. Hatch! fits the bill perfectly. The illustrations are so true-to-life and beautiful that we could both look at them for hours. The facts about the birds are fascinating – not a boring one among them! We both learned loads from reading the book, and my son loves guessing which kind of bird is going to come from which egg and why. Superb!Authors, Children's Books, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books · Tags: Authors, Children's Books, Julie Hedlund, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Roxie Munro, Writer