The Resource Hooray for birds!, Lucy Cousins

Hooray for birds!, Lucy Cousins

Label
Hooray for birds!
Title
Hooray for birds!
Statement of responsibility
Lucy Cousins
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In an exuberant display of color, Lucy Cousins invites little ones to imagine themselves as brilliant birds. Birds of all feathers flock together in a fun, rhyme-filled offering by the creator of Maisy. From the rooster's "cock-a-doodle-doo" at dawn to the owl's nighttime "tuwit, tuwoo," the cheeps and tweets of many bright and beautiful avian friends will have children eager to join in as honorary fledglings. This day in the life of birds will hold the attention of even the smallest bird-watchers, whether at storytime or just before settling into their cozy nests to sleep."
Illustration
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2—Bold electric colors flutter on each spread of this high-flying adventure that's perfect for young fans of Hooray for Fish! The art is rendered in gouache, and the text is hand-lettered in ink. Readers are invited to pretend they are various birds as pages provide playful rhyme and expressive action verbs. "Swoop up and down,/Swoop round and round./Scratch the ground with your feet./Catch a fly with your beak." Jovial illustrations surrounded in bright colors and enhanced with thick black outlines encourage audience participation. "The sun is up,/the sky is blue./Wake up and shout 'Cock-a-doodle-doo!' " Charming endpapers show various birds wide awake in the beginning of the book and fast asleep at the end, except for one bright-eyed owl that is fast asleep in the opening endpapers and wide awake as readers turn the final page. This is a great opening for extension activities with older readers on nocturnal birds. VERDICT Rhyming text and bright illustrations make this a superb choice for storytime groups. Pair it with Kevin Henkes's Birds, Jennifer Ward's Mama Built a Little Nest, and Jeremy Tankard's Grumpy Bird for a feathered friend storytime. Recommended for all picture book collections.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI --Melissa Smith (Reviewed 01/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 1, p69)
  • Maisy creator Cousins uses her signature brand of punchy, thickly outlined gouache paintings to introduce an active menagerie of birds. “Can you imagine.../ just for one day.../ you’re a busy bird?/ Yes, a bird! Hooray!” Cousins begins, deploying vivid portraits of roosters, starlings, woodpeckers, and other birds, set against bold backgrounds of orange, green, magenta, and other saturated colors. A vibrant palette and upbeat rhymes keep the energy level high from start to finish, and the action-oriented statements offer clear encouragement for readers to mimic the birds’ sounds and movements (as best they can, anyway). “Stand very tall on just one leg,” writes Cousins as flamingo stands smiling. “Say ‘Cluck cluck!’ and lay an egg.” The energetic mood softens slightly as Cousins makes her way from a rooster’s morning crowing to an owl’s nocturnal hoots, but all in all it’s a rousing pick for reading (and chirping) aloud. Ages 2–5. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/02/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 01, p)
  • An exuberant celebration of birds of all kinds—mostly recognizable species (chicken, flamingo, swan, parrot, starling, penguin, ostrich, peacock) but some imaginary.This is vintage Cousins, although absent her abiding protagonist, the lively mouse Maisy. The tone is set with the opening spread: "Can you imagine… / just for one day… / you're a busy bird? / Yes, a bird! / Hooray!" Cousins' unique handmade style, characterized by a bright, highly saturated color palette and scratchy black outlines, together with the charming rhyming narrative in easy-to-read bold handwriting, will give preschoolers lots of inspiration for exploring bird behaviors and imitating bird sounds. It's easy to imagine using this as a starting point for a bird-themed activity with a group. The text exhorts readers to "Flap your wings" and "Hop, hop, hop"; to "swim along / and / stretch / up / your / neck"; to "Scratch the ground / with your feet," and "Catch / a / fly / with / your / beak." The cozy ending showing a baby parrot cuddling up close with Mama in his nest and the rear endpapers of sleeping birds are perfect for naptime. All in all, it's a great way to introduce bird behavior without lecturing—young children will feel like hopping, pecking, and soaring with these exuberant feathered friends. (Picture book. 2-4)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10554721
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cousins, Lucy
Dewey number
823.92
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Birds
  • Children's stories
  • Birds
  • Children's stories
  • Birds
  • Stories in rhyme
Target audience
preschool
Label
Hooray for birds!, Lucy Cousins
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1742164
Dimensions
31 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763692650
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763692650
  • (OCoLC)953222549
Label
Hooray for birds!, Lucy Cousins
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1742164
Dimensions
31 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763692650
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763692650
  • (OCoLC)953222549

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