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Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

by Annette Leblanc Cate

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A conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching featuring quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types.

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This book was great in some ways and not so great in other ways. It is all about bird watching. Tips and tricks for bird watching, the types of birds you may see while bird watching, as well as added in commentary from the birds that keeps the book engaging. This book would be used for older grades in my opinion because there is so much information on each page that it is hard to follow along especially with all the extra added commentary from the birds. The tips and tricks of how to bird watch is valuable information. A way you could use this in the classroom would be when talking about the environment, the types of things to do outdoors, and how wildlife interacts with one another. ( )
  kstapleton16 | Oct 18, 2019 |
Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, was written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate. Her ink and watercolor illustrations are done in a cartoon style, with the birds making humorous wisecracks in speech bubbles. The 51-page book is packed with information, though, on where to look for birds and what to look for on them. Cate also provides advice on drawing birds, as well as a bibliography and an index for each bird type mentioned in the book. The comic-book-like style and the book's complexity makes it more appropriate for third grade and up, and less appropriate as a read-aloud. This book was named a 2014 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Honor Book as one of the most distinguished informational[return]books for children.
  kristi_test_01 | Sep 12, 2019 |
This book has a lot going on. It simplifies bird watching, for the common folk. Each page has a different focus for the type of bird watching you can do, wether it's based off of color or shapes.
  Madelynnvallejo | Nov 26, 2018 |
Holy cow this book is stuffed with information. Cate warns everyone at the beginning of the book that she is not an ornithologist and then just pours out 51 pages of dense facts and illuminating illustrations. Her style is so witty--giving each type of bird their own personalities and explaining the behaviors that she is illustrating in a comic book like fashion, all the while passionately nerding out about birds. She starts by reassuring everyone that bird watching is not boring and skillfully shows that even living in a city, that we are surrounded with the wonders of nature. From here, we depart on a journey through basic bird identification, bird behavior, bird habitat, bird science. Its quite epic. Her bibliography is large to say the least. It can get a little busy at times. The pages are not so large and I think she could have used a little more page room to not overwhelm the reader but the nervous anticipation that she evokes gets you kind of jumpy and excited and you're not really sure why. ( )
  signecbaum | May 2, 2018 |
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! It is the best 4th grade up book about birds I have read in my short history of reading books about birds. The author starts from the inside of the book jacket, thought the book and outside the book jacket. It is so chockfull of information. Some of this information ex: bird classification is covered in ABA magazines. The author also tells of tales of her birding adventures. Annette LeBlanc Cate is the writer-illustrated this book and she put her heart into this. You can't help but bird after this and if you do bird, you want to give it to everyone you know. Kudos. ( )
  seki | Dec 27, 2015 |
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This is a book about one of my favorite hobbies: bird-watching (and bird drawing, too!).
"Hey! C'mon ... we're all going to the mall. don'cha want to come? It's DRIZZLING! What are you, nuts? I can't believe you'd rather walk around in the drizzle than go to the mall." / "No, thanks! Rainy days are GREAT for watching seagulls!" / And if this is you, and if other people find you odd, don't worry ... I won't!
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