|Authors: Hudson Talbott
A hilarious tribute to state birds!
Welcome to the United Tweets Pageant! This colorful
parade of state birds competing to be Top Tweet will
have readers of all ages laughing aloud. From Alabama's
Yellowhammer to Wyoming's Western Meadowlark, each
bird is a winner and each bird loves to show off the
state it calls home. Talbott has created an inspired
introduction to states and their birds. His vibrant,
detailed illustrations infuse the birds' interactions
with energy and humor, making this a great way to spark
kids' interest in United States history, geography,
and, of course, wildlife!
|From Publishers Weekly
The impish conceit of this zany book is that America's
50 state birds are taking part in a “United
Tweets” pageant emceed by a bald eagle (“And
now we'll tell you a little something about each
bird and the state they call home”). Talbott
lists the nickname and state bird for each state,
then supplies other information that is so random
and delivered in such tongue-in-cheek fashion that
fact may look like deliciously outrageous fiction.
The Mississippi Mockingbird, for example, shown sporting
an Elvis Presley haircut and jeweled cape, is said
to be known as the “King of Song.” Throughout,
birds tease each other from across the pages (“You
wanna piece o' me?” “Eat my tail feathers!”),
and in the end they all fight over which will be
named “Top Tweet.” Short on ornithology
and long on humor, this book is especially good at
state trivia (for Minnesota, more than 10 popular
items invented there, including Scotch tape and water
skis; the state dance of South Carolina; etc.).
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