When Swanda first moves to Brooklyn from the country, she misses the wildlife she left behind. But not for long. "Oh, look! What dear little birds!" Swanda says to her dog when she notices all the pigeons outside her apartment. "Come, Waldo, we'll get them a bird feeder all their own." It's fun to watch the pigeons flock to the feeder, at first. But then more arrive ... and more ... and more. And before she knows it, there are too many pigeons! Swanda seeks some "Sound Practical Advice" from a few experts a pest control officer, the keeper of birds at the city zoo and an exotic bird fancier from Peru but that gets her nowhere. So her neighbors step in with their own Brooklynese solution: "SWANDA, YOU GOTTA STOP FEEDIN' DA BOIDS!" Author James Sage's funny picture book explores what happens when a nature-loving girl meets city birds. The playful, vibrant artwork by award-winning illustrator Pierre Pratt offers its own comic narrative. Readers are in on the havoc below the bird feeder that Swanda doesn't see. This book makes a terrific choice for a humorous, entertaining read-aloud. It would also work as an introduction to social studies lessons on urban versus rural communities, and on accents and dialects. It would easily launch a life sciences discussion on how species adapt and survive in urban habitats as well.
About the Author
Pierre Pratt is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator of over 50 books for children. He lives and works in Montreal, Quebec, and in Lisbon, Portugal.
James Sage is the author of over a dozen books for children. His first book, illustrated with photographs by Robert Doisneau, was awarded a Prix d'Arles. He lives in Lincolnshire, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Swanda misses the wildlife that she left behind when they moved from the country to the city. Swanda, the little girl with a big heart. With her loving dog beside her, Swanda notices on her balcony, the little birds hanging around and sitting hereby. She decides to buy them a bird feeder and soon she has tons of birds flocking around her apartment, creating quite a mess. She tries to get some advice on what to do about the situation as her neighbors begin to complain and it boils down that she needs to “Stop feeding’ da boids!” She quits feeding them and her neighborhood becomes quiet again but as Swanda and her dog walk past the pet shop the next day, something catches her eye. Swanda brings a glass bowl home with the small little fishes in it from the pet shop. As she looks at them swimming around the small bowl, Swanda wonders if perhaps they might be happier in something larger, oh yes…..something much larger. I thought this children’s book was cute. Not as funny as I thought it would be with that title but the story is sweet. Swanda didn’t see anything wrong with all the birds that she was feeding until the neighbors started to complain and then she tried to fix the situation. Now, when she gets the fishes, I wonder what issues she might face, which might be an interesting question to ask children as they read this book. I liked how she cares about animals and her extreme attitude. I really enjoyed the illustration with all the pigeons on it that had the words “coo, coo, coo. “on it. I thought all the illustrations were nicely done. Just a real great novel to read with children.