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Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard (Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Books) (Hardcover)

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Let's be honest: many kids will respond to the idea of bird-watching with a sardonic "You gotta be kidding." And these are the very kids who stand to be pleasantly surprised by Cate's humorous, informative invitation to the hobby and her low-pressure, common-sense approach. She begins with a bit of excellent advice: leave the electronic devices at home, grab some snacks, sunscreen, and a sketchpad (perhaps later the more ambitious addition of a field guide and binoculars), and start to look, really look.

— Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks

Spring '13 Kids List

“Introduce children to the feathered wonders around them through this essential birding guide. For beginning birders, this book answers questions about what we see and hear around us and why it is important to pay attention -- and it's funny, too! Eye-catching illustrations will help a child identify their backyard birds right down to the last little detail, and a reference index with author's notes is included for older children wanting more information.”
— Broche Fabian, World's Only Curious George Store, Cambridge, MA


A 2014 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

You don't have to own binoculars and know a bunch of fancy Latin names to watch birds No matter where you live, they're in your neighborhood -- just look up.

This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader ("Here I am, the noble spruce grouse. In a spruce grove. Eatin' some spruce. Yep."). Interactive and enjoyable tips bring an age-old hobby to new life for the next generation of bird-watchers.
Back matter includes a bibliography, an index, and bird-watching tips.

About the Author

Annette LeBlanc Cate is the author-illustrator of The Magic Rabbit. She's been watching and drawing birds for many years, and she loves pointing out funny stuff about them. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Praise For…

A chatty, appealing introduction to observing these easiest-to-see of all wild creatures...Small and accessible, this is jam-packed with accurate information likely to increase any potential birder’s enthusiasm and knowledge.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

[Cate's] desire to share this passion with a new generation of nature enthusiasts shines through in this delightful and thoroughly detailed introduction to the hobby (some might say addiction) of birdwatching.
—The Horn Book (starred review)

An array of talkative cartoon birds bring energy and humor to this small-format guide to bird-watching...Cate’s informal hobbyist tone and all-around enthusiasm is infectious, as she emphasizes that bird-watching is as much about being aware of one’s environment as it is about identifying specific birds.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

With its emphasis on looking at the birds near home–from suburbs to inner cities–this invitation to bird-watching is an engaging addition to any collection...Lots of fun–and informative.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

LOOK UP! BIRD-WATCHING IN YOUR OWN BACKYARDa lively, informal guide for children ages 8 and older that is jammed with fun and colorful drawings. Annette LeBlanc Cate has arranged her information in a way that is immensely helpful to the amateur.
—The Wall Street Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763645618
ISBN-10: 0763645613
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: March 12th, 2013
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Books


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