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Title:
Blue sky bluebird
Author:
Chrustowski, Rick.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Co., [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
22 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Follows a family of bluebirds from the completion of a nest at the beginning of spring through the migration of the parents and eight fledglings in autumn.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.7 0.5 78569.
ISBN:
9780805071047
Format :
Book

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Summary

One spring day when the ground is a carpet of green, a pair of bluebirds arrives at their summer home. Inside their nest box the female weaves layers of coarse grass into a circle. Then she presses her body into the middle to make a cup. A season in the life of a bluebird family In a cozy nest of grass a female bluebird lays her eggs, blue as the summer sky. When they hatch, there are four tiny chicks to feed. From morning to night, the parent birds hunt for tasty insects to give to their hungry brood.The chicks grow quickly, and within a few weeks they have enough feathers to learn to fly. At first their wings are shaky and unsure, but soon the fledglings are fast enough to catch their own meals. Now the nearly grown chicks can help their parents raise a new brood of hungry babies-before the cold winter drives the family south.


Author Notes

Rick Chrustowski is the author/illustrator of Hop Frog and Bright Beetle , as well as the illustrator of A rmy Ant Parade and Lunch at the Zoo . He lives and works in an old farmhouse on a hill in Wisconsin. Mr. Chrustowski loves to learn about nature, and while he was creating this book he spent lots of time studying the bluebirds that live in the nest box he made for them.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3. This colorful book offers children a close-up look at bluebirds and their young. In the spring, a mated pair weaves a nest in a birdhouse. The female lays four eggs, the chicks hatch, and the nestlings grow. First leaving their house for short flights, they gradually learn to live on their own. A sidebar called "Peek Inside an Egg" shows three stages of embryonic development and explains what is actually happening at each stage. The large-scale, colored pencil drawings with watercolor washes will draw children to the book and help them visualize a bird that most have never seen. Chrustowski, the author-illustrator of Bright Beetle 0 (2000), shows a fine-tuned sense of what interests children, the ability to express it in simple words, and a talent for illustrating animals in a way that is both accurate and appealing. The book's last page comments on the comeback of bluebirds after the construction of nest boxes and the three types of bluebirds found in North America. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

On the heels of his Army Ant Parade, Rick Chrustowski examines a clutch of young bluebird hatchlings as they learn to fly in Blue Sky Bluebird. One reluctant bluebird is depicted taking flight for the first time. The book features a sidebar, "Peek Inside an Egg," that shows the embryo's development, and concludes by discussing the resurgence of the bluebird population as well as variants in the species across the nation. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-An introduction to the life cycle of the bluebird from spring mating, nest building, and egg laying to the southward migration in fall. The brief, readable text is so interesting and informative that it will easily hold the attention of children not yet capable of reading it on their own. Adult bluebirds raise two families each year-in spring and in late summer. Once the fledglings from the first brood have learned to fly and to hunt their own food, they help the parents to raise their younger siblings; then they all fly south together. Using layer upon layer of colored pencil over watercolor wash, Chrustowski shows each step in the cycle in bold, vividly colored illustrations so finely detailed that the softness of the birds' downy heads and breasts is clearly visible. Proper terminology (embryo, nestling, fledgling, clutch) is included within the text; stages of development from yolk sac to embryo to chick are shown and briefly described. A final page of notes provides further information. Although no sources are listed, this finely crafted presentation of fact and artwork exemplifies the best in informational literature.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.