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Magnificent Birds: 01/06/20

Magnificent Birds

Candlewick Press may have provided the text for Magnificent Birds but Narisa Togo's illustrations give the book its heart and soul. She is an artist living and working in Japan and has a life long love for birds. I read her book as research and inspiration for the summer camp I was planning: birds of a feather, dinosaurs together.

The book contains two page spreads of fourteen birds. They are painted in their habitat. The book gives their common name, their scientific name, and where they are native. The book offers something from all the continents.

The illustrations are bold and inviting but made up of a limited selection of colors. They are lino cut illustrations. Many of the birds are ones that will be easily recognized: flamingo, ruby throated humming bird (the cover illustration), barn owl, and so on.

Four stars

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