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A house for Birdie
Murphy, Stuart J., 1942-
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2004]

Physical Description:
33 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm.
As Birdie and his friends try to locate a house that is just right for his size, readers learn about the concept of capacity.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 77209.


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QA465 .M854 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
QA465 .M854 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QA465 .M854 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Picture Books
QA465 .M854 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Poor tiny Birdie has no house. But Birdie does have friends.

Spike, Queenie, Goldie, and Fidget want to help Birdie find a house of his own. Birdie needs a house that isn't too tall and isn't too thin, that isn't too short and isn't too fat, and that isn't too wide and isn't too narrow. Will they find a house for Birdie before the rain falls and the wind blows?

A sweet and simple story about helping out a friend explains the math concept of capacity -- what will fit in a container of a particular shape and size.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS. Murphy's latest title in the popular MathStart series uses a simple friendship story and clear, colorful paper-cut art to explore the concept of capacity. As the weather becomes cold and wet, small Birdie needs shelter, and he asks his friends to help him find a house. They find a tall, thin, narrow house that's just right for tall, thin, narrow Spike. Then they find a tall, fat, wide house, just right for tall, fat, wide Queenie. There's a house to fit short, fat, wide Goldie and also one for short, thin, narrow Fidget. Finally, the friends make a house that's tiny all around--just right for Birdie. Preschoolers will enjoy the friendship story as they absorb the idea of volume and three-dimensional shapes, and adults who read this to kids will be pleased by the suggested activities at the end that will help children explore the concepts in everyday life. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Although this book is colorful, it misses its goal of helping children to understand capacity. A tiny blue bird searches for an appropriate house with the help of his feathered friends. Each one is a different shape: Spike is "tall, thin, and narrow"; Queenie is "tall, fat, and wide"; Goldie is "short, fat, and wide"; and Fidget is "short, thin, and narrow." As they explore a variety of homes, each companion finds a perfect fit for itself, but not for Birdie. In the end, the other birds build him a home that is just right. Some of the terms used to describe each bird are redundant. The author's goal is to introduce students to length, width, and height, but not all three dimensions are clearly differentiated. Additionally, "short and narrow" is reworded as "nice and thin," which jumps off the page as a value judgment after the narrative has used other descriptive terminology without any positive or negative interpretations. The simple cartoon illustrations are pleasant with endpapers covered by white outlines of a variety of birdhouses. The bright colors are attractive, and the text is accessible to beginning readers, but the explanation of the math concept isn't entirely successful.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.