Lothian Children’s, 2021
24pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Can your children tell the difference between a beach chicken (seagull) and a bin chicken (white ibis) ?
Or a roof chicken (pigeon) and a chicken chicken (chicken)?
In this introduction to the birds commonly seen in Australian backyards, including large inflatable flamingoes and swans, Andy Geppert mixes a few basic facts with a lot of humour to make for an enjoyable read for young children who will just be noticing the differences between the species. Clever illustrations and funny text combine to make this the most unusual field guide but one which will pique little ones’ curiosity and have them trying to identify the birds that they see. They could even make a chart and mark each one off as it is spotted from their window, beginning their skills in data gathering, mapping and interpretation! It’s the simple things….