Dudley Carlson's Kids Book Recommendation: Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel, and Other Poems of Birds in Flight
By Guest Blogger Dudley Carlson
conversations as both children and adults recognize behaviors they have seen as well as unfamiliar ones. At the back of the book are brief descriptions of each bird, along with a glossary and a page illustrating flight feathers.
For young readers who’re also word people, it may be interesting to have a dictionary handy. While “skein” is defined as “a flock of flying geese, usually in a V shape,” there’s no mention of the more common definition: a coil of yarn or thread, or something suggesting a thread. Similarly, “mob” means “to attack or harass an intruding animal, often to protect offspring,” but there’s no mention of the human crowd, or of rioting. The young listener may want to learn the meanings from which these bird words derive, as well as their descriptive meanings. That said, these are a dozen good words to learn as part of being an early birder.
SFBBO member Dudley Carlson, a biologist’s daughter, grew up in a family of birders and was Manager of Youth Services at Princeton (NJ) Public Library for 25 years. She believes that if children enjoy learning about birds and understand how important they are to our environment, then birds, nature and people will have a better chance at a healthy future.
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