I just received a copy of this beautifully illustrated book, which I plan to read to my grandchildren. It tells a wonderful, whimsical story that includes important messages and lessons that many young readers, especially girls, will find meaningful and encouraging. In the story, two girls are paying close attention to the wildlife and the natural world around them. They befriend a bird that learns to talk! They set out to learn all they can about why birds mimic sounds, including the words that their new friend has learned to use. The book also focuses on diversity, an important lesson that children should hear over and over. The story encourages young readers to be thoughtful about the mysteries they find around them and to be persistent in finding explanations for those mysteries. I am also impressed with how healthy interactions are modeled between children and adults in the story. I especially like the upbeat ending, but children's books are like that, and that is one of the great reasons why it is so much fun to read to a child.
AMANDA L. GLAZE-CRAMPES is an Assistant Professor of Middle Grades & Secondary Science Education at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. In addition to science teacher education, she has taught courses in biological sciences for grades 7–12 and undergraduate students over the last 14 years. Her interests include evolutionary biology, science and religion, and the intersections of science and society – specifically where scientific understandings are deemed controversial by the public. She holds degrees in science education from the University of Alabama and Jacksonville State University. Her address is Department of Teaching & Learning, Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8134, Statesboro, GA 30458; e-mail: email@example.com.