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A Bird is a Bird
by Lizzy Rockwell
Lizzy Rockwell, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823430420 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 3 to 7

Themes: Birds, Animals/Nonfiction, Science & Nature
Recommendations: A, K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
SL.1.1, 1a-c, 2-6
W.1.2, 3, 5-8
RF.1.1,1a, 2-4, 4a-c
L.1.1, 1b, 1g, 1j, 4, 4a, 5, 5b, 5c, 5d
RI.1.1-4, 6, 8-10

About the Book

Some birds are huge and some are tiny. Some birds are fantastically colorful and some are plain. What do all birds share?

Early nonfiction expert Lizzy Rockwell explains that birds have beaks, wings, and feathers, and hatch from eggs. Other animals might have some of these features in common, but only a bird has them all. Only a bird is a bird!

A clear text and graceful illustrations cover dozens of different birds and their shared characteristics, as well as the unique qualities of unusual birds, such as penguins and peacocks.


"Direct writing and handsome labeled images of birds in their native environments . . . clearly demonstrate their breadth and diversity.—Publishers Weekly

"This attractive and informative title is a great addition . . . and a strong option for curriculum-related studies of nature for the very young."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What characteristics make a bird a bird? Use evidence from the text. RI.K-1.1, 2, 8

2. Why are feathers important to a bird's survival? What do you need to survive? RI.K-1.1 / SL.K-1.1

3. How are birds alike and different? RI.K-1.1, 3

4. What is your favorite kind of bird? Use adjectives to describe the bird and draw a picture. W.K-1.1 / L.1.1f