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Two little birds
DePalma, Mary Newell, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Two little birds make their first grand migration south, and later return home to start new families.
Reading Level:
Ages 4-8.

AD 230 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 165727.
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Two little birds hatch and grow until one day, they see an amazing sight: hundreds of birds, all flying together in one direction. They decide to join in, and so begins an amazing and sometimes dangerous journey that they never could have imagined. Eventually they return home -- and the cycle starts over again.

This simple story, nicely complemented by warm and colorful illustrations, subtly celebrates the wonder of migration. Two Little Birds is a perfect book for introducing young children to nature's small miracles.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Two eggs lie in a nest until they hatch and two little birds emerge. Soon sporting yellow feathers, The little birds did / what little birds do. / They fed, / they frolicked, / and they grew. One night, a great flock of birds flies overhead. The two birds join them, flying far beyond familiar sights, through a thunderstorm, and across a sea. Though the two little birds lag behind, they keep flying southward until they reach their tropical destination. Eventually, they fly home, build nests, and have eggs of their own. An appended author's note identifies the birds as orchard orioles migrating from the northeastern U.S. to the Yucatan Peninsula. Variations on the lines quoted above form a unifying refrain throughout the lively, graceful text. Like the writing, the mixed-media collage artwork is strong, delicate, and precise. While there's no sentimentality here, children will feel the fatigue of the droopy little bird flapping its aching wings to stay aloft over the sea. The vivid pictures vary from the mottled, rain-stitched clouds during the storm to the verdant, tranquil oasis across the sea. The succinct text is accessible to young children, making this a great picture book to remember when teachers request stories of migrating birds.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In an author's note, DePalma (Bow-Wow Wiggle Waggle) explains that her story is based on the migration of orchard orioles from the northeast U.S. to Central America and back, a journey that includes a daunting 18-hour flight across the Gulf of Mexico. Her lyrically told story opens with the birth of two birds in a nest assembled from layered scraps of paper: "The little birds did what little birds do. They fed, they frolicked, they grew." After the birds witness a nocturnal migration, they join right in, their golden bodies shining against purple-blue skies thick with clouds. When the birds are tossed, "rumble flash boom," by a storm, collaged bits of roadmaps underscore their disarray; just before they attempt to cross the Gulf, DePalma pictures them as dark specks on an immense beach beneath a vast, clear sky: "Now what do we do?" The birds eventually reach their tropical destination and make the return trip without incident-stronger and ready to start a new family. The subtext that the young and tiny are capable of remarkable feats won't be lost on readers. Ages 5-9. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Two little birds set out on the adventure of migration when they see the sky full of birds heading south-but once they've flown "beyond all they knew," they endure storms, explore unknown seas, and fly for hours and hours until they arrive at a beautiful place, full of the "flutter and chatter of many birds." After a while, they dream again of home, and travel back, where they make their own nests and start "something new" with mates of their own. However, the story spends so much time on the journey and the arrival that the birds' longing for home and "the songs their father taught them" seem a bit forced. The luminous colors, winsome expressions, and glorious textures of DePalma's mixed-media collage illustrations round out the spare, lyrical text.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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