To bird or not to bird

Susan J. Russell

Book - 2023

To Bird or Not To Bird captures the wonderful moment a bird and a worm meet, take the time to get to know one another, and ponder how different things would be if they couldn't do the wonderful things they do.

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Children's stories Pictorial works
Informational works
Picture books
[Philadelphia, PA] : Archimedes' Printing Shoppe & Sundry Goodes [2023]
Main Author
Susan J. Russell (author)
Other Authors
Lucy Noland (author), Kaity Lacy (illustrator)
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

A red-winged blackbird and an earthworm learn about each other in Russell and Noland's picture book, the second in the To Be series. A worm burrows through the undergrowth of a forest while a bird soars high above. When they sense each other's presence, they ask each other why they are the way they are. Bird says he has babies to feed while he helps bushes and grasses to grow by spreading their seeds. Worm replies that they are also helping the forest to grow by recycling fallen leaves. And what if they were to stop doing what they do? Worm notes that gardeners would miss how worms aerate the soil as they channel through the ground, and Bird remarks on how itchy people would get if birds didn't eat biting bugs. Finally, "Bird birded and Worm wormed. And both were amazed at what they'd learned." The book contains extensive information on red-winged blackbirds and earthworms; the wiggly star of this book is Eisenoides lonnbergi, a species indigenous to North America. Illustrator Lacy's watercolor animals are exquisitely detailed; Worm look not only real, but somehow thoughtful. The book is an ideal mix of easy storytelling followed by comprehensive yet accessible factual information--the perfect blend for beginner naturalists. A great book for young nature lovers showcasing two unique ecological niches. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.