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*The Robin Makes a Laughing Sound: A Birder's Journal* by Sallie Wolf, designed by Micah Bornstein- young readers book review
The Robin Makes a Laughing Sound: A Birder's Journal
by Sallie Wolf, designed by Micah Bornstein
Ages 8-12 43 pages Charlesbridge February 2010 Hardcover    

Everything inside this book is inspired by birds. The sketches, paintings, poems, and notes Ė everything is based on the different birds the author has seen around her home. Inside, you will meet the robins, seagulls, nuthatches, juncos, woodpeckers and cardinals that have stirred the authorís imagination.

The Robin Makes a Laughing Sound: A Birder's Journal shows you how to admire and study birds by simply looking and listening. A birdwatcher since she was in seventh grade, Sallie Wolf fills her journals with observations about the birds outside. As the seasons pass, she records what she sees, hears and thinks about as the birds come and go. On April 23, she writes
ďFirst sighting of a white throat - Iíve been hearing them for about 3 days.Ē
On her summer pages, she draws loons across the bottom of the page and paints a picture of a goldfinch and a sparrow. She sketches a wild turkey in the fall and woodpeckers in the winter. Adding to the beauty of this journal are the authorís paintings of trees, flowers, and leaves.

Although there are no blank pages inside, all you need to become a bird journaler is here. The author includes information about starting a birderís journal and shows how the smallest observations can become something worth documenting with words or art.

Everybody can have fun observing birds. In a classroom setting, this peek inside a real birderís journal could be used as the basis for a fun assignment. Given as a gift to a bird watcher or journal writer, itís a book to treasure.

Writer and artist Sallie Wolf lives in Oak Park, Illinois. Artist Micah Bornstein lives in Champaign, Illinois.
 
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