Chickadees at Night.

Author:Popham, Mary
Position:Children's review - Book review

Bill O. Smith (author), Charles R. Murphy (illustrator); CHICKADEES AT NIGHT; Sleepytime Press (Children's: Picture Books) 18.85 ISBN: 9780615569727

Byline: Mary Popham

The chickadee: a bird so small it fits into a child's hands; a birdfeeder resident twelve months a year; and a songster with a "fee-bee and a buzzy chicka-dee-dee-dee." Using rhyming short phrases, Bill O. Smith and Charles R. Murphy set a scene of day turning to dusk and render a tranquil bedtime mood for little ones in the lovely Chickadees at Night.

The sun comes up.

Chickadees tweet.

Chickadees flit.

Chickadees eat.

They dip and dart

through a tangle of trees,

chittery flittery chickadees.

But sometime near the end of day,

chickadees fly away, away --

through the branches, out of sight

where do chickadees go at night?

Award-winning Smith has taught children and authored many plays and educational materials for elementary classes. Murphy exhibits watercolors nationally and has won awards as an artist and educator. Throughout this well-crafted book with brilliantly colored pages, the collaborative efforts of both men bring a world of delight along with teaching young minds and senses. In answer to their own question,"Where do chickadees go at night?" they give possibilities of what children will recognize in their own routines: scrubbing in showers, resting in hidden perches, watching the moon, wanting to play instead of sleep. Imagination also...

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