Review: I Am a Bird

Book Title: I Am A Bird (available here)

Author: Isobel Otter

Illustrator: Fernando Martin

Publisher: Little Tiger Press

Publication Date: September 2020

Most Suitable for: KS1

Reviewer: Jo Littlewood

Why do birds sing? Why do birds migrate? What do they eat? These questions and more are answered in this concise introduction to birds, told from the viewpoint of a bird.

Beginning with a general overview, readers are introduced to the main body parts of a bird including beak, wings and feathers with the key vocabulary explained clearly and concisely. Journeying through the book the reader can travel around the world, learning interesting facts about the largest, fastest, smallest and rarest birds. There is something for every reader, old and young, to learn from this book.

New vocabulary is introduced and explained in an accessible way and text is organised into easily digestible chunks of a couple of sentences at a time. The illustrations are simple, yet detailed and the eye-catching colour palette makes each page jump out at the reader. Although quite cartoon like, the birds look very similar to their real life counterparts.

This book could form the basis of an English unit of work in KS1 or could be used to support science objectives introducing animal classification. I really hope there might be further titles introducing different animal classes; this one was a joy to read.


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