I couldn't resist Bizarre Birds by Sandra Horning at the book fair last week. The letter i is dotted with an egg, alliteration makes the title and the close up bird face was just calling my classroom. I do have a nonfiction tub for bird books in my classroom and this title will be something different for my readers.
The reader learns about 14 different bizarre birds that probably aren't in their backyard. I know for certain they aren't in mine here in the Midwest. Each bird has a two page spread with a one page photo and a paragraph of information about 4-7 sentences on the opposite page. Just enough text but not overwhelming as nonfiction can sometimes be. The paragraph format varies but you will often learn where the bird lives, what they might eat, information about their size or a strange fact one would never guess. Each bird also has a close up and caption sharing another interesting fact. I love the simplistic layout, which will help younger readers navigate the text easier. I hope you will find this book and enjoy learning about the Hoatzin, Oxpecker, or the Common Tailorbird and yes this bird can sew!