Thursday, August 04, 2016

Book Review: On Bird Hill

ON BIRD HILL by Jane Yolen is an imaginative picture book taking readers on a walk through a fantasy landscape.
The endearing story follows a child and his dog as they stroll through a valley and zoom into the natural world. Loosely based on a century-old nursery rhyme, Jane Yolen has created an enchanting world for today’s children to explore. Bob Marstall’s illustrations bring the story’s surreal landscape to life with intriguing plants, animals, and human elements.
Librarians will find Yolen’s lyrical prose to be useful in storytelling activities. The whimsical, imaginary world sets the stage for a wide range of classroom activities. While some teachers may see opportunities for children to create their own imaginary worlds, others may see chances to talk about local plants and animals.
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Published by Cornell Lab Publishing Group on May 10, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.