Evans, Marilyn Spits and Sticks: A Chimney Full of Swifts 20 pgs. Charlesbridge, 2015. $16.95 PICTURE BOOK
features a side by side story of a family of birds living their life in a
chimney and that of the family that lives in that home. Both are building a
nest, creating a family, and raising a family. Then of course, lucky birds, fly
south for the winter, but the family stays.
color illustrations are just not my favorite, especially the landscapes and the
people. The facts at the end of the book talk about the reduction in population
and the protected status, so its great with getting students on board to help
watch out for these birds (especially what to do if they build a nest in your
own chimney). Are birds popular in your library or your thing? Then this would
be a great book, but I probably wouldn’t seek this one out, as I have bigger
fish to fry in my collection.
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.