Thursday, March 1, 2018

Book Review: 'Ten Zany Birds' by Sherry Ellis

Georgia author Sherry Ellis is a lady with many talents - not only does she write exceptional children's books, but she also is a professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola, and piano. She is the author of, `That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN' (her debut book), and `That Mama is a Grouch' (honored as a finalist is in two awards and a winner in the 2011 International Book Awards. It also was awarded first place in the parenting category of the 2011 Pinnacle Book Awards and was the recipient of the silver award in the 2013 Mom's Choice Awards. And this book, illustrated by Charu Jain and designed by Justin George, is TEN ZANY BIRDS! She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Written in infectious rhyming verse, we meet the ten zany and easily distracted birds - different in stripes, spots, and polka dots - all singing in a tree in a party. A bumblebee tries to join them but is chased away by a black bird - leaving nine zany birds. A yellow bird leaps off the tree when an airplane zooms overhead, leaving eight zany birds. When a brown smelly bird dives into a water bath that leaves seven zany birds. A red hungry bird swoops down for a worm and we have six zany birds. And so it goes with one bird leaving at a time leaving the final group of zany birds reduced by one each time until we are left with one bird in the tree.

The story is fun with its repeated rhythms, verses, and colorful intrusions to the zany birds party, the illustrations are superb, and the wonderful aspect for children (well, one of the wonderful aspects!) is the fact that by reading the story they have learn mathematics! Excellent on every level. Let's hope Sherry Ellis continues her passion for writing children's books. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, June 15

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