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Wordy birdy
2018
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Meet Wordy Birdy, a very chatty bird who talks WAY more than she listens! A hilarious new story from Tammi Sauer, beloved author of Nugget & Fang , Chicken Dance , and My Alien .

Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. "Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky!" But does she love to listen? NOPE . One day, while she's walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water: "That's a pretty tree and that's a pretty tree and that's a pretty danger sign and that's a pretty tree. . . ." Will this inattentive bird walk right into danger? Will her faraway thoughts lead her along a path of doom? It's up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend.

Author Tammi Sauer will have kids and their parents in stitches with this funny, fast-paced, lovable caper about the importance of paying attention--and the importance of standing by your friends through thick and thin.

And look for the hilarious sequel, Wordy Birdy Meets Mr. Cougarpants !

Praise for Wordy Birdy :

A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year

"laugh-out-loud funny . . . caregivers will certainly find this chuckleworthy."-- Kirkus

"amusing and entertaining"-- School Library Journal

"an entertaining approach to the topic of listening."-- Booklist
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School Library Journal Review
K-Gr 1-Self-centered Wordy Birdy talks a lot, about everything ("This one time, I totally went swimming with a narwhal. My third cousin Barb is a penguin. REALLY! Do you think there is an award for Bird of the Year?..."). She doesn't listen to anyone, even when she should. On a walk through the deep woods she babbles along, ignoring every sign of danger (there are literal signs saying "danger"), the repeated warnings of her friends, and their sage advice such as "Run for your life!" When she finally comes face to face with a hungry bear, her friends come to the rescue and Wordy Birdy finally listens. Oh, she still talks a lot, but now "Sometimes, she likes to listen, too." Sauer's fun-to-read text and Mottram's detailed and hilarious illustrations seamlessly meld into a cohesive whole. The extensive use of word balloons, repeated questions ("Does Wordy Birdy listen?"), and characters who directly address readers make for an interactive read suitable for storytime and individual sharing. VERDICT A tale of a flawed character with indomitable friends who finally learns to listen (sometimes). Purchase this amusing and entertaining read-aloud as needed.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Wordy Birdy is one very talkative bird. From waking up (Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky . . . Oh! Hello, gorgeous, spying herself in mirror) and onward, enthused, if self-absorbed, Wordy Birdy has something to say about everything from her likes (spaghetti; unicorns) to her dislikes (turtlenecks; tuna salad) to general ruminations (Why do zebras have stripes?). Problem is, Wordy Birdy doesn't listen not even to her friends Squirrel, Rabbit, and Raccoon, who try to warn her as she blithely walks toward danger. Thankfully, her more-than-patient pals persist, and at the crucial moment, Wordy Birdy pays heed, the friends come to her rescue, and, ultimately, Wordy Birdy gains some appreciation for listening, too. The lively narrative, enhanced by abundant, often wry, speech bubbles, incorporates amusing commentary, witty asides, and reader-directed address, all of which comically conveys Wordy Birdy's verbosity, her friends' frustrations, and, ultimately, their friendship and caring. Energetic, busy layouts and page-filling, colorful cartoonish illustrations lend further pep. Employing hyperbolic elements and humor, this offers an entertaining approach to the topic of listening.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2018 Booklist
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