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Kid Konnection: Look Up!

May 18, 2013

Look Up!

Bird-watching is NOT boring! Is a hawk swooping down to gobble a mouse boring? Of course not.  And how about crows getting into your neighbor’s garbage? Also not boring . . . Those birds are really smart! (OK, you should probably go shoo them away. . . .)

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity to entertain youngsters with this summer, you’re going to want to pick up Look Up! by Annette LeBlanc Cate.  This great book is a guide to bird watching for kids eight and up. Cate makes it clear that she’s no expert, she just really loves birds, and it shows in this beautiful little book.  She starts out by explaining what you need to watch birds and lists Bird-Watching Do’s and Don’t’s, starting with “Do only go to places you know are safe.”

With fun illustrations and conversational tone, Cate encourages her readers to get out and explore nature and sketch what they see.  She says,

Try to sketch while keeping your eyes on the bird as much as you can.  This takes practice, but it’s so worth doing.  Don’t worry about how “good” your picture is – – the act of drawing is valuable no matter what the results look like, because when we draw, we look extra, extra hard, and that helps us focus our attention.

Cate goes on to explore different aspects of birds like colors, shapes, bills, feet, etc.  She even mentions migration and habitats.  She emphasizes giving birds space while watching their activities and listening to their calls and suggests using field guides to identify species.  Cate packs a lot into this 51 page book that is sure to inspire many youngsters!  I loved Look Up! and think it’s the perfect book for a budding artist, a budding ornithologist, or any child who enjoys the outdoors!

Look Up! interior

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Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2013 5:46 am

    What do you mean for kids? I’d like to have this for me too! This sounds like a wonderful book for for kids of all ages.

  2. May 18, 2013 6:26 am

    Yet another comment from Candace I’m afraid all I can say is “like she said!” LOL

  3. sandynawrot permalink
    May 18, 2013 7:32 am

    We have so many birds on our property, I think I would benefit from this one…like Candace said! I don’t think my kids have the patience to sit and watch them though.

  4. May 18, 2013 7:43 am

    I’m adding this to my must-have list for my son. He loves bird books and whenever we are outdoors he can always spot the birds no matter how far away. Thanks for highlighting it!

  5. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 18, 2013 8:15 am

    OMG I love this. What great art too!

  6. May 18, 2013 12:50 pm

    This book is definitely for adults too! I think the author is being modest. She may not be a scientist but she knows a lot about birds. The humor and wit in this book can only come from someone who has spent many hours in the field. I loved the book btw.

  7. May 18, 2013 2:32 pm

    what a great book! The little guy is fascinated by birds right now but he’s a bit too young to start drawing ~ otherwise this would be a must for our bookshelves

  8. May 18, 2013 3:08 pm

    This looks wonderful! Terrific review and presentation, Kathy. This looks like a good book for ornithologists and artists of all ages.

  9. May 18, 2013 8:29 pm

    This sounds good! I love bird watching.

  10. May 19, 2013 5:38 pm

    I think this would be a great book for adults as well as children!

  11. May 19, 2013 9:39 pm

    This looks like a fabulous book for families!

  12. May 20, 2013 9:54 am

    I love birds and this sounds like an awesome book for beginning bird watchers.

  13. May 20, 2013 10:15 am

    I read this book a while back and really enjoyed it. You’re right, it’s definitely for all ages.

  14. May 22, 2013 8:58 pm

    Heck, I would check this one out. I’m in love with birds!!

  15. May 24, 2013 1:45 pm

    So cute! I bet I could learn a lot from this one!

  16. bookingmama permalink
    May 24, 2013 2:24 pm

    Sounds adorable and so much good advice! Future bird watchers would love it!

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