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Bird Show
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Bird Show

by Susan Stockdale

Welcome to the Bird Show! Award-winning author-illustrator Susan Stockdale offers a front-row seat to a vibrant fashion show starring the world’s most diverse and spectacular birds.

★ “Stunning… Wonderful for reading aloud and sharing.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Stockdale’s background as a textile designer and award-winning nonfiction author-illustrator are immediately evident in this energetic, rhyming celebration of pattern, color, and nature.

Bird Show features a variety of fashionable feathered creatures—from the Mandarin Duck and the Grey-Crowned Crane to the Royal Flycatcher and Golden Pheasant. Their feathers may be simple and solid or speckled, striped, or spotted. They may “wear” a jacket, a scarf, an apron, a headdress. And just like people, each one contributes to our beautiful world, made more vibrant by their diversity.

Little ornithologists and fashionistas will marvel at the book’s color and style, and an afterword provides more information about each species as well as an entertaining pattern matching game.

Also by Susan Stockdale:
Bring on the Birds
Carry Me! Animal Babies on the Move
Fabulous Fishes
Fantastic Flowers
Spectacular Spots
Stripes of All Types

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-128-7
Publication Date: 3/1/2021
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-342-7
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

F&P: N, Gr 3, Genre I
Lexile: AD520L
Themes: Birds, Clothing, Colors, Patterns, Animal Behavior, Rhyme
BISAC 1: JNF003030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 3: JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology



“Stunning… Although cataloged in the natural sciences, Stockdale’s mellifluous prose deserves to be classified as literature and her vibrant acrylic illustrations are art…. Wonderful for reading aloud and sharing; recommended for every ­library to introduce art, poetry, and glorious birds to young readers and lucky listeners.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“With a brief text and clearly delineated, vibrant artwork that shows up well from a distance, this book is a natural for reading aloud during preschool or primary-grade bird units.” —Booklist

“The clever comparisons suggest a new way to see and remember these species….smoothly written couplets… A posh performance to read aloud or alone.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Susan Stockdale has written and illustrated a number of children’s picture books, including Stripes of All Types,Bring On the Birds, Fabulous Fishes, and Carry Me. Her books celebrate nature with exuberance and charm and have won awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, and the National Science Teachers Association. Stockdale lives in Maryland and speaks frequently at schools and conferences. You can visit her website here.