Happy Saturday, Y’all!
Today I’m wearing contacts for the first time IN MONTHS. I am not sure how people do this on a day-to-day basis. But the idea of seeing things in a different way, with a new lens, really fits with today’s book: Cindy Derby‘s Two Many Birds (out November 10, 2020, from Roaring Brook Press).
We have this park in my hometown where nobody can do anything. There is a lake but no fishing. A path but no running. It’s sort of ridiculous. And the Bird Monitor in Two Many Birds reminded me of this park. He has so many rules for the birds. Like, no nesting, no blinking, and no pooping. I mean, these are BIRDS! And when the counter goes from 100 to 102 birds, he about looses it! It’s two too many birds! (Note: I love the word play this book can help kids learn about!)
But then the birds have something to say about this. They fly up for themselves and end up teaching the Bird Monitor a lesson. What will he do now that he realizes the harm he’s caused?
This is a heartwarming children’s picture book with stunning artwork. Two Many Birds make humans (young and old) think about how we can be more accommodating to those around us. On a small level, this book is about making room for someone else on the couch. Look at the book from a larger worldview, however, and the book can be much more profound.
This book is not, of course, about birds. It’s about humans.
This is a book that begs to be read multiple times. My second reading of the book was much different than the first read. And kids need books like this. My only critique is that the small font size of the book’s print text (which is so vital to the book’s message) might be hard for students to see during a read-aloud.
Two Many Birds is a book that will make humans think and earns four stars. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️