Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Emily the Chickadee

Someone sent me the Emily the Chickadee series of picture books for young children by Carol Zelaya. The three books in the series are Emily Waits For Her Family, Caring For Emily's Family, and Emily's New Home.
The books are educational because they provide information little ones wouldn't know about the life of a bird. However they're all told in rhyme, which is often forced. The first one, which uses the same rhyme scheme for every single sentence was annoying to me, but very young children probably won't mind hearing the constant repetition of the same sound as the books are read aloud to them. In fact they might like it.
The illustrations by Kristin Metcalf are beautiful and manage to be scientifically accurate and charming at the same time.

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