An excited young Ava awakens her mother early on the day that they are to participate in the Christmas Bird Count. This is a day during the winter holidays when participants throughout the western hemisphere spend all day counting birds adhering to the rules of the National Audubon Society: “Count every bird you see or hear; make sure at least two people see or hear it; don’t count any bird twice.” Big Al, who arrives to count with Ava and her mother, reminds Ava, who is thrilled to be in charge of their tally sheet, that her most important tools are not her binoculars, field guide, or notebook – but her eyes and ears.
By showing Ava’s cumulative tally on the right-hand side of each double-page spread, author Susan Edwards Richmond text encourages readers to participate and Stephanie Fizer Coleman’s delightful illustrations accurately depict the small birds. Ava’s day should inspire others not only to observe birds but to help them by counting.
Kemie Nix ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.