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A Bird Is a Bird

Lizzy Rockwell


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Hardcover (2/1/2015)


What is a bird? And how is it different from a mammal or a reptile?

Some birds are huge and some are tiny. Some birds are fantastically colorful and some are plain. But what do all birds share? Early nonfiction expert Lizzy Rockwell explains that birds have beaks, wings, and feathers, and hatch from eggs. Other animals might have some of these features in common, but only a bird has them all. 

Only a bird is a bird! 

A clear text and beautiful illustrations cover dozens of different birds and their shared characteristics, as well as the unique qualities of unusual birds, such as penguins and peacocks.

A great companion to Rockwell's A Mammal is an Animal.

Praise For A Bird Is a Bird

"Lively but minimal text with short sentences and a rhythmic pattern make this valuable both as a read-aloud and as an option for budding readers. Rockwell's bright, eye-catching images, rendered in gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil, add to the appeal."—School Library Journal
"The full-page pictures and minimal text are just right for young readers, but older children will enjoy learning the names of the multitude of birds inhabiting the scenes, ensuring that this book will go far with new readers and budding birders."—Booklist
"Simple and straightforward, just right for preschool listeners. But it has the added attraction of accurate, full-page or double-page–spread illustrations of more than 40 species of birds, labeled and shown in typical habitats. . . . Widely useful, this should be a welcome addition to the nature shelf." Kirkus Reviews

"Rockwell walks readers through the characteristics that make birds, well, birds, accompanied by vivid, mixed-media portraits of dozens of avian specimens. . . . Direct writing and handsome labeled images of birds in their native environments (egrets and spoonbills hunt in shallow water, an owl and whip-poor-will appear camouflaged against tree bark) clearly demonstrate their breadth and diversity. Publishers Weekly
"Detailed, captioned illustrations in gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil support and extend the text by showing selected birds from around the world"—The Horn Book

Holiday House, 9780823440122, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2018

About the Author

Lizzy Rockwell is the daughter of highly acclaimed children's book author and illustrator Anne Rockwell and art director and illustrator Harlow Rockwell. She has illustrated more than thirty children's books, including some in collaboration with her mother, and has written and illustrated several of her own, including Plants Feed Me and A Mammal is an Animal.  She lives in Connecticut.  Find her online at