Cover image for Birdsong
Sandall, Ellie.
Personal Author:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Egmont USA, 2011.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A crowd of birds lands in a tree, sharing their different songs, until one last winged creature proves to be too much.
Reading Level:
Ages 2-6.
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A lone bird sits in a big tree, merrily singing its tune to the world. But soon it will be joined by a friend, and then another, and another. . . . As each colorful bird lands on the branch of the tree it joins the last in a cheerful song. But one flashy bird wants to rule the roost - until something small changes his tune.

Author Notes

When Ellie Sandall was a student in Bath, England, she used to visit an aviary.  She says "I was listening to the birds there one day while sketching them, and I loved the way in which all the different sounds wove together to create a seemingly continuous conversation. I wrote down some of the bird sounds in my sketchbook, and I liked the idea of a single bird being joined by more and more friends so that the air became filled with different calls, only to be silenced by the screech of the biggest bird."  Birdsong is Ms. Sandall's first picture book, and she lists Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt Brian Wildsmith and Eric Carle as her influences.  She lives in England.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Here's one that's great for groups. A little bird sits on a tree singing. Soon, he is joined by another bird, then another, and so on. Each sings a different song, but they blend together musically. While the singing goes on, however, the festively colored, free-form owl, parrot, partridge, and fuzzy bluebird don't notice how much they're bending the branch of the tree on which they're perched. After a huge, big-beaked bird joins them, it's no wonder that the bough bends, and down tumbles the whole crew, except for the big bird, who thinks he is safe. Then a tiny butterfly lands and becomes the straw that breaks the branch's back, and down he goes, while the other birds, who have regrouped on another limb, watch. The birds' songs, with their tweets and rah-rahs, will make for fun singing by young listeners. Adults can also help little ones try to find the butterfly hidden in each spread. A charming offering.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-A clutch of birds perches on a tree, all piping their various songs in this cumulative picture book. Each song, from "Chucka/chucka/weet/weet/weet" to "Kitcha/kitcha/kee/kee/kee," will certainly inspire repetition and participation. When the biggest bird lands on the branch and scares the others off with his loud "Keeyaaaaaaaa!," however, the peace (and quiet) is threatened. The arrival of a tiny butterfly causes the branch to break, teaching the big bully a lesson. Though storytime participants will likely enjoy the bright illustrations and the opportunity to tweet along, the message is not as profound as the book seems to think it is, and the story itself is rather thin.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.