UNITED TWEETS OF AMERICA: 50 STATE BIRDS THEIR STORIES, THEIR GLORIES BY HUDSON TALBOTT

UNITED TWEETS OF AMERICA: 50 STATE BIRDS
UNITED TWEETS OF AMERICA: 50 STATE BIRDS
Item# ISBN 978-0399245206
$17.99

In this sly, comic, and irreverent book, loaded with hilarious puns and parodies about our 50 state birds, words and images deliver bits of history, folklore, and geography about each state. Young grade-schoolers probably won’t understand all the humor (the illustration of Iowa’s American goldfinch shows two of the birds dressed up like the folks in Grant Wood’s American Gothic; Washington state’s goldfinch is said to sound like “dot-com-dot-com-dot-com”). But many will enjoy the images of the Baltimore oriole in a baseball cap throwing a crab cake in Maryland, the American robin riding a Harley-Davidson in Wisconsin, and the mockingbird of Mississippi resembling Elvis with a mike. Talbott’s colored pencil and mixed-media illustrations ably combine the cartoon uproar with a sense of the individuality of the feathered creatures—as with the shy hermit thrush of Vermont singing musical notes that fill the sky. Clever, refreshing, and fun for individual reading and wonderful for classroom teachers. Hardcover 64 pages