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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

May 2011




Pale Male

Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City

by Janet Schulman, illustrated by Meilo So

J 598.9 SCHUL

The wonderful true story of Pale Male, a red hawk who lives on top of a 5th Avenue apartment building. A remarkable story of a bird who knew where he wanted to live and overcame all the obstacles that got in his way.





The Robin Makes a Laughing Sound

The Robin Makes a Laughing Sound: A Birder's Journal

by Sallie Wolf, designed by Micah Bornstein

J 598 WOLF


Little pen-and-ink and pencil sketches, poems, and dated seasonal entries make this charming book more of a nature journal than an ordinary bird guide. The information is so eye-catching and artistic that it might be an inspiration to start one of your own!






Owl Babies

Owl Babies

by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson



Three little baby owls-- Sarah, Percy, and Bill-- are waiting in their nest for their Mommy. Where could she be? The three wonder aloud where she could have gone and keep each other company. A sweet message about family love and a happy ending to relieve fears of separation from a parent.






Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest

Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Begin

written and illustrated by Irene Kelly

J 598.15 KELLY


Most of us have a picture in our heads of what a bird's nest looks like. Irene Kelly's fascinating book shows us the amazing variability and complexity of the nests that exist in the avian kingdom.






Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey


This is a classic tale of the famous Mallard ducks of Boston. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard search the city for the perfect place to raise their family. Their adventures will take you through the streets of Boston and all around the many landmarks. The charming text and wonderful drawings makes this a fun read for all!





Unbeatable Beaks

Unbeatable Beaks

by Stephen R. Swinburne, illustrated by Joan Paley



Most of us think that a beak is a beak is a beak. Did you know that beaks can be a chisel or a hook or a pickax, or a rolling pin, a fishing net, or a straw? Children learn how birds use their beaks as tools. The pictures are bold and colorful. The lyrical, chant-along text makes it a great read-aloud.





How to Heal a Broken Wing

How to Heal a Broken Wing

written and illustrated by Bob Graham


This is a poignant story of a small boy in a big city, who takes an injured pigeon home to care for it. It is simple in that a wing is bandaged, healed, and the bird is set free. More significantly however, it is about noticing a problem-- and doing something about it. In the hustle and bustle of a big city, where many of us rush by without looking, a little boy sees an injured bird, and wants to help.






illustrated by Patrick McDonnell


A cat helps a lost young bird reunite with its flock, which is flying south for the winter, in this sweet, wordless tale.




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