Sunday, July 30, 2017

Robins! How they Grow Up by Eileen Christelow -- OPTIONAL

Christelow, Eileen Robins! How They Grow Up. PICTURE BOOK. Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 2017. $16.99. Content: PG.

Two young robins tell the story of how their parents met, how they were born, and how they survived to become juveniles. Endnotes give more information about the lives of robins.

The story format adds interest to this nonfiction picture book and encourages children to empathize with robins. Unfortunately, that makes it all the more difficult when two of the four baby robins are eaten by other creatures. While some children may not particularly care, sensitive readers and those with strong imaginations will likely take it hard. At 48 pages, this picture book is on the hefty side and takes longer than usual to read.

EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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