Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do? by Kate McLelland is a sweet story of a little curious blackbird named Pip who is leaves his nest to go find want can he do. In the process of finding out what is he good at he meets many birds - owl, heron, puffin, pigeons, and tries to do what they do. But soon he finds out that he is not good at staying awake at night like owls, or digging holes like puffins or peeking seeds like pigeons. Until he discovers his special talent - he can sing!
The story is told with eye-catching illustrations. The birds and their environment is depicted with beautiful colors, textures and shapes. My very favorite is the tawny owl shown in the second picture above. The bold graphic of the owl spreading across two pages with the night sky as the backdrop glittering with stars is sure make children and their parents very happy. The kids will love the blackbird's little adventure where they will meet all sorts of "hidden" critters as well. They will enjoy spotting caterpillar, spider, frog, dragonfly as they go along. The book is available online here.