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 Just like us! birds
 Author: Heos, Bridget

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2017)

 Dewey: 598
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 28 p., col. ill., 22 x 26 cm

 BTSB No: 439944 ISBN: 9780544570443
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Birds -- Behavior
 Birds -- Migration

Price: $6.50

Gives young readers an up-close and personal look at how birds do things that are remarkably similar to the way humans do.

 Illustrator: Clark, David
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 192110
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 7.30
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 71060

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/17)
   School Library Journal (08/01/17)
   Booklist (02/15/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 K-Gr 2—Heos engages kids in facts about ants and birds by comparing their traits to similar human ones in this humorous series. Each spread opens with a snappy headline, such as "Sister Cities" or "Baby Talk," before transitioning into more detailed information on the subject (how ants live in communities like people do, or how birds learn to sing just as human babies do). In each volume, Heos smartly links the various spreads together so that readers can build upon their understanding; for instance, following the "Baby Talk" spread is "Sound FX," which covers why birds use those very sounds. Clark's cartoon drawings are zany and comic book-like in style, particularly in their heavy use of lines. Much is reminiscent of Clark's previous work in Insect Soup: Bug Poems. A sprinkling of photos throughout will also help readers in visualizing the text. VERDICT Recommended for general purchase, especially wherever humor is popular.—Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country Public Library, NY - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/15/2018 In the Just like Us! series, Heos makes the case that animals behave like people. Birdsshows that after courting, the mated avian pair builds a nest and looks after its young: feeding them, keeping them safe, and teaching them survival skills. Chicks learn to communicate by copying their parents’ songs: first babbling, then imitating with mistakes, and gradually perfecting their tunes. Along the way, Heos also points out how animals are unlike us as well, describing specific behaviors that range from amazing to amusing. The series’ horizontal format provides plenty of space for the many illustrations. A typical double-page spread includes two text boxes and several illustrations, which include photos of animals as well as Clark’s comical cartoon-style drawings. The juxtaposition works best when the images are separated, letting the photos provide realistic views that support facts in the text, while the colorful line-and-wash artwork creates a light, inviting tone. A witty new series on animal behavior. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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