Bird Watch by Christie Matheson

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Search for hidden birds and count them, too, in this seek-and-find picture book with a satisfying surprise. Delicate artwork, a focus on counting, and an engaging treasure hunt will entice fans of Janell Cannon's Stellaluna and Steve Light's Have You Seen My Dragon?

There are treasures hiding in the trees! Can you find them? From the author of the acclaimed and bestselling Tap the Magic Tree, this stunning picture book merges basic math concepts with elements of a treasure hunt.

With different species of birds and other forest animals hiding in the trees and bushes, there is something new to discover on every page. Patience is rewarded as readers learn to count backward from ten, meet new birds, and learn about the diverse ecosystem of the forest. Beautiful watercolor-and-collage art, a playful counting text, and a search-and-find theme will inspire children and parents to return to Bird Watch again and again.

And for curious young birders, a page of information about bird-watching and the different birds that appear in the book is included.


"Inviting. . .provides practice in visual discrimination, as well as fun for fans of seek-and-find pictures. . . .An absorbing picture book."--ALA Booklist


"Urging children to look carefully, Matheson's watercolor and collage illustrations uses a soft, quiet palette to marvel at the beauty of the natural world. . . .This engaging work will be useful as a nature study, a counting book, and as a fun way to promote careful observation. A peaceful look at nature for little ones."--School Library Journal

"Matheson takes readers on a tranquil counting and bird-watching expedition. ...Airy watercolors featuring light strokes and pale skies give the spreads a feeling of openness. ...Matheson urges readers to observe the natural world with wide-open senses."-- Publishers Weekly

"From 10 black-capped chickadees to a single great horned owl, a countdown seek-and-find presents common birds. . . .It requires significant patience and persistence to find them all; the reward is a special surprise. . . .Fun and surprisingly successful as an invitation to look closely at the natural world."-- Kirkus Reviews
Jacket Description/Back:

Just outside your front door is a whole world full of treasures.

All you have to do is look for them.

They are chirping and flying and hopping all around you.

Maybe you will find ten chickadees perched in a tree.

Or maybe you will find six robins pecking in the dirt for worms.

Or three hummingbirds flitting from flower to flower.

Or even a bright red ladybug and a slimy banana slug.

There is so much to discover out in nature--and on every page of this book.

Be patient, open your eyes, and you will spot them all.


Christie Matheson is the author of the acclaimed picture books Tap the Magic TreeTouch the Brightest Star, and Plant the Tiny Seed. Her three young children like to take her birding in the Presidio of San Francisco.

Target Age: 4-8

Greenwillow Books

Pub Date: February 26, 2019

0.5" H x 11.5" L x 8.4" W

48 pages