Sunday, November 18, 2012

Day 18: United Tweets

I didn’t plan on picking favorites this month.  It just happens.  I have to say this next farm kid story is really good: United Tweets of America: 50 State Birds.


Author Hudson Talbott writes a story about state birds competing in a pageant of sorts.  Each page labels the state bird, as well as other state facts including: mottos, flowers and capitals.


State birds on opposing book pages exchange dialogue such as singing contest appearing on the Montana and Nebraska pages, which are both diva Western Meadowlarks. Actually seven states choose the Northern Cardinal as their state bird, and I enjoy how the author ties this into the book.


If you love the musical Oklahoma, check out the Oklahoma page (ok, duh moment) for a show-time singing Scissortail Flycatcher.  Cultural references such as the Mississippi Mockingbird dressed as “The King” brings humor adults can appreciate. “Thankyouverymuch.”

Next door on the Missouri page a flapping male bluebird says: “…and baby, I’m gonna make you a nest that will be the Taj Mahal of birds’ nests!”  To which the cool-eyed female bluebird says “Oh yeah? Show me.”

Show me?  Get it???  Think Missouri state motto here.     

The illustrations throughout this book display details of state facts in creative ways.  The multiple perched Purple Finches on the New Hampshire page overall create the shape of a large bird of the same variety.  I could write pages about this book.

That is what a good book can do: Inspire you.

(Inspire me to continue writing another 12 posts, hopefully. We are on the homestretch, blogging folks!)

What are your favorite bird books?


My Library List:
Preview Day: 30 Days of Farm Kid Stories

Day 1: One Moment
Day 2: Perfect Pizza
Day 3: Our Heartland
Day 4: Pasta Fistful
Day 5: One Fast Grower
Day 6: Farmer Seuss
Day 7: Just One Cookie?
Day 8: Frowns Turn into Smiles
Day 9: BOO-HA

Day 10: Big Red Barn
Day 11: Magic with Vegetables

Day 12: Call to Action
Day 13: BOOM
Day 14: Ponies and Cowboys
Day 15: Value to our Trees
Day 16: Tractor Time
Day 17: Wishing for a Washing

Our blogging host Holly Spangler writes “30 Days on a Prairie Farm” this month on her blog: My Generation.

1 comment:

  1. Go Lauren Go! I have really enjoyed reading along with you and G!