The Robin Makes a Laughing Sound
by Sallie Wolf

Price at time of review: $11.95
48 pp.
Charlesbridge Publishing
Watertown, MA
ISBN: 9781580893183

Grade Level: 3-8

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Delightfully written and exquisitely illustrated, this book gives children and adults a glimpse of a birder’s journal. The author, a noted poet, shows her notes, draft sketches, and watercolors as she observes birds. Then her completed poems reflect her curiosity and fascination with what she's learned.

This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2011 is a great model for student journals. The metacognition of the author as she thinks about what she knows and what she wants to know will help students understand the processes of science—especially observation and questioning. It also contains a great deal of concrete information about backyard birds and their behaviors. This is not only a great tool for teaching science and communication arts but also a book that you'll want to hug.

Review posted on 3/20/2011

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