All the birds in the illustrations of Dig, Dance, Dive: How Birds Move to Survive are goofy, spooky, creepy (some of those birds have evil or at least mischief planned), or just plain odd. And I loved it.
I wanted to know what could I learn about birds when the black egret looks like it dropped on big old dirty birdie on the head of some unsuspecting human? (And really its just smirking because dinner is to be served in a bit due to the stalking behavior they do that includes some nice shade without the lemonade).
The text is straightforward and simple. There is the first text that is no more than two or three words, in large, bold, print. Then the secondary text that is traditional size and gives more facts about that bird. You’ll see how an owl twists, a blue-footed booby will dive, and that the rainbow bee-eater digs.
June Steube is the illustrator behind those goofy odd birds. They have a cartoonish look to them, but you can see the jumps, dances and feathers being poofed up. They are colors that pop, without out leaving the page. Each image looks simple, but there is much to the details if you look closer.
My copy was only a sample, therefore, a few holes for me will be filled in (such as maybe a little more about birds in general, or an author afterwards). But regardless, this book by Etta Kaner will be a fun book to read and to share. Maybe best for the classroom setting, any child (or child at heart) can have fun with it. Due to the layers of the text, all ages can enjoy.
And PS: I did not realize this was the author of Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate? therefore, no wonder it is good!