Reviews for Robin, Where Are You?


Booklist Reviews 2012 July #1
In this appealing lift-the-flaps book, Lucy, her grandfather, and her dog go on a bird-watching expedition in the park. They bring just a few supplies: binoculars for both of them, a snack, and some patience. As Grandpa tells Lucy, "You have to watch and wait. Wait and watch." Each spread shows the two searching for birds, which are revealed when a tree, bush, or piece of sky or ground is lifted up, down, or out. The lifted flaps also expose fun facts, such as "tufted titmice like hair to line their nests and will pluck it right off a live animal!" The final spread features a huge tree and all of the birds Lucy has spotted. Woods' cheerful illustrations set geometric approximations of trees and flowers against a sky that seems to be crafted from scraps of hand-drawn graph paper. And although the facial expressions of Lucy and her grandfather barely change from page to page, their enthusiasm for the birds is unmistakable and infectious. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
While Lucy and her grandfather search for a robin, they spy a number of other birds; by lifting a flap, the reader spies them too, along with accessing related facts. The cheery art suits the lighthearted adventure (success at last!), which forms an attractive introduction to bird watching. Unfortunately, towhee is consistently misspelled as twohee.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 May #2
Lucy goes birding with her grandfather, learning to use binoculars and identifying many birds before they finally find a robin. In this unlikely bird-watching trip, the pair see common birds such as mourning doves and Canada geese and surprising birds such as a pileated woodpecker and Eastern screech owl, all before they find a robin's nest and then the robin. The simple sentences of the text seem designed for early readers, who may also be intrigued by the flip-out additions to the pages. These reveal the birds and supply an interesting fact about each one. Wood's colorful illustrations are primitive in style but capture the birds' silhouettes and color schemes. Experienced birders would have no trouble identifying the 15 birds introduced, although they might be astonished at the uniformity of the pigeons. Curiously, though mallards are prominently featured among the birds at the pond and also in the fold-out quiz at the end (no answers provided), they are left nameless. Inexcusably, towhee is misspelled as "t w o h e e" twice. Readers in western states should know that a number of these birds are not found west of the Rockies. Better options for encouraging young birders include Carol L. Malnor, Sandy F. Fuller and Louise Schroeder's The Blues Go Birding (2010), Joanne Ryder and Susan Estelle Kwas' Wild Birds (2003), Jim Arnosky's Crinkleroot's 25 Birds Every Child Should Know (1993) or Cathryn and John Sill's About Birds (1991). Skip this one. (Informational picture book. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 December

K-Gr 3--Lucy and her grandfather are birdwatchers. Both look for an elusive robin with their binoculars and see many other birds before finding the redbreast. Each spread focuses on one or two birds, with a flap to lift for interesting facts. For example, "tufted titmice like hair to line their nests and will pluck it right off a live animal!" The cut-paper collage illustrations are appealing, and the pages feature interesting fonts and other materials. The interior of the book is lively, colorful, and creative with simple shapes covered with details. The audience for lift-the-flap books tends to be young, perhaps up to age six, but the text seems far more sophisticated. Steve Jenkins's books also provide interesting, sometimes quirky facts and also use cut-paper illustration, but in a more straightforward, accessible way for young audiences. Despite its shortcomings, Ziefert's book is recommended for general purchase.--Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, ME

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