‘Some birds are big, some birds are small’ is the start of this rhyming text, and it gives a clear indication of what’s to follow. There are birds of every possible description between the pages of this book. They waddle. They hop. They swoop and they squawk. Some are even so tall that you have to turn the book on its side to see the whole image, and that involves reading the words sideways.
Inventive and joyful, the book is a riot of colour and a celebration of rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythm. Young readers will quickly be able to recite the words, leaving them free to enjoy the inherent humour and recreate the sounds and action that the poem inspires.
In an early years setting, it’s an ideal text to prompt thinking about same/different contrasts and to inspire some colourful artwork as children create their own birds. There’s music, art, language and social development potential within the pages of this book. But above all, it’s great fun.