Bird Watch

illus. by Christie Matheson. 48p. glossary. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Feb. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062393401.
PreS-Gr 1—Bluebirds, warblers, hummingbirds, and a mighty hawk are among the hidden treasures to be found in this serene counting book about birds. Urging children to look carefully, Matheson's watercolor and collage illustrations use a soft, quiet palette to marvel at the beauty of the natural world. From 10 black capped chickadees hiding in a green fir tree down to one powerful owl soaring in the night sky, young children will delight in finding the hidden birds, insects, mice, and even a slimy banana slug among the flowers and ferns. The gentle text offers consistent encouragement to continue the search and a birding checklist illustrates the hidden quarry. End notes offer further information on each of the birds and their locations. This engaging work will be useful as a nature study, a counting book, and as a fun way to promote careful observation.
VERDICT A peaceful look at nature for little ones.

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