Paddle Perch Climb: Bird Feet Are Neat

Written and Illustrated by Laurie Ellen Angus

Vibrant paper collages accompany a simple yet lyrical text to highlight how many birds live. The focus is on the feet of the birds, but much more is shown about their worlds. For example, most birds must be conscious of their surroundings and wary of any predators in their vicinity. It’s great that the reader is made aware the birds’ lives are not all fun.

The swan’s webbed feet help her get closer to the water plants that are her diet. The heron’s long legs and toes help her get a view of the fish she hopes to catch. The roadrunners strong feet and legs help her catch lizards for lunch. Woodpeckers can climb to the grubs they love to eat. Small flexible toes help the cardinal perch to eat berries and help the towhee scratch for insects. Owls have powerful feet that help them catch prey.

The Explore More sections make this a valuable book for nature study. Activities and resources are abundant.

  • Paddle Perch ClimbTitle: Paddle Perch Climb: Bird Feet Are Neat
  • Author/Illustrator: Laurie Ellen Angus
  • Published: Dawn Publications, 2018
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Paperback, 32 pages
  • Grade Level: PreK to 3
  • Genre: Picture Book, Nonfiction, Nature, Birds
  • ISBN: 978-1-58469-614-8
  • Extra: Explore More – for Kids, Explore More – for Parents and Teachers, More Fun with Birds, More Nature Appreciation Books

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