A Bird in a Bathing Suit

A Bird in a Bathing Suit

 
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A Bird in a Bathing Suit
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February 18, 2010
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What a silly sight to see
Bird enjoys flying through the skies, eating worms and splashing around in his favorite red swim trunks. He's used to flying around unnoticed, but what happens when the neighborhood kids see him soaring through the air in a bathing suit?

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Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 5 ½) and Mom for Reader Views (04/10) 


Cayden: "This book is about a bird who is wearing red swimming trunks. The book shows birds wearing all different kinds of clothes. That would be cool if I looked out into our yard by our bird feeders and saw a bird wearing those! I think that would be really funny! This book made me laugh. The best picture was the one where the three birds were on the roof wearing a sweater, vest and raincoat!" 

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"A Bird in a Bathing Suit" is a creative, humorous book. My son loved the idea of birds wearing clothes. More importantly, the book also taught the important lesson that we should not make fun of others for being different. We enjoyed this cute story and my son had a great time using his imagination to think of other things birds could wear. 


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A Bird in a Bathing Suit

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A little blue bird in a red bathing suit flapping his wings in a birdbath greets us on the cover of this delightful little book. He looks so happy even when we see him flying out of a tree with the children down below pointing and laughing, "what a silly sight to see." 

They continue to giggle and conjure up all sorts of situations in which birds act like people wearing bows, tee-shirts, underwear, sunglasses and a variety of outfits that they would wear. They eventually realize that the bird in the bathing suit is not going to come back if he is laughed at. The children recognize that in order to keep and make friends they have to accept how we all look dissimilar. 

This is such a timely issue in that society has a difficult time accepting differences. This type of rejection can quickly escalate into full-scale bullying with disastrous results. 

Dawn Mitchell has put important lessons on acceptance into rhyme with words and lessons for the young child. This is a wonderful talking point book for parents and teachers to discuss the differences that we all meet with each day. 

The illustrations are engaging and the young reader can glean a multitude of contextual clues by just looking at the birds faces. In a beginning reader level, it is important that the print be large and distinctive, and A Bird in a Bathing Suit certainly fits the criteria of readability. 


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darling children's book `A Bird in a Bathing Suit' by Dawn Mitchell gives children a look at what happens when we make fun of others. In this colorful book a group of children spot a bright blue bird wearing a red bathing suit. The children proceed to make fun of the bird pointing fingers and laughing. After all, birds do not normally wear bathing suits. 

`A Bird in a Bathing Suit' takes the reader through different scenarios of what would be funny seeing a bird wear such as sunglasses, dresses, and baseball caps. The result of the taunting hurt the bird's feelings and he flies away. It is then that the children realize what they had done was wrong and in turn they feel bad also. 

Two of my grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed this book as did grandma. The writing is simple yet a bit challenging for a seven year old and the four year old was enthralled with the bright colored illustrations and pictures of the bird in different outfits. The best thing about `A Bird in a Bathing Suit' is it opened the door to discuss how wrong it is to make fun of others who may appear different than us. 

A note from the author, Dawn Mitchell, "I'd like to teach children that our differences provide diverse perspectives which often result in fresh ideas, designs, and changes that impact us all." She certainly succeeded in doing that with my grandchildren. 

The illustrator, Josh Will, did a wonderful job of showing the emotions of each character in the book with his brilliant drawings and it's no wonder he has done work for such clients as Hasbro, Mattel, and Band-Aid. 

The combination of Dawn's rhyming words and Josh's colorful illustrations makes this the perfect children's book to read over and over for years to come. 

Dawn is working on more stories and I hope they are as enjoyable, educational, and amusing as `A Bird in a Bathing Suit'. There is a great moral to be learned by both young and old from the little blue bird's situation in `A Bird in a Bathing Suit'! 


By Faith Draper

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