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Bluebird Finds a Home: Nature Squad by Ryan Jacobson and Illustrated by Joel Seibel

Published by Adventure Publications

Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8

Publishers Summary: From the creative minds of a successful children’s book author and the Emmy-winning animator of Pinky and the Brain, Scooby-Doo and Smurfs comes a team of forest animals dedicated to saving the planet. Each entertaining story is mixed with humor, lovable characters and an “I can make a difference” conservation message for readers of all ages.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “This poor bird needed a home and a big bear kept taking him to silly places that already had birds living there. The last place even had a turtle! That’s so silly!

“It was so sad because the bird’s home had been cut down by these humans who liked to take away the dead trees lots of birds live in. My mom said that still happens a lot all over the world and I thought that was pretty sad. She did say there were some things we can do to help, so I’m going to try. We are going to see if we can save lots and lots of things here so that they don’t need to cut down more trees somewhere else for us to use up. Things like, taking care of my wooden train track, cleaning up around our house inside & outside, and I also get to make sure Littlebug doesn’t use too much water (she is terrible about doing that).

“I really like this book, maybe because I’m a turkeybird and the bird in the book was a blue bird. My mom even said she was a bluebird when she was my age, I’m not sure what she meant by that, I think she was just being silly. This is a great book, you need to read it soon because it would be great for Earth Day!”

Mom’s Two Cents: “When the forest trees are destroyed and no dead trees remain, where will the birds that live in them live? This is the dilemma facing the Nature Squad, and particularly BB the Black Bear who is determined to have the workers cutting the trees down return so that they can feed him more human food. In an effort to appease his stomach and deter Bluebird, BB takes the bird to all sorts of wrong homes with inhabitants already set in their ways. Where will Bluebird live and will BB ever learn to overcome his stomach?

“Ultimately Bluebird Finds a Home is a story about conservation. A story that helps us, even children, appreciate the world around us and hopefully allow us to value what we have just a bit more. Through our efforts at conservation it’s possible to help birds such as the one in this story to find a comfortable home instead of freezing outside with no where to turn. Each of us has responsibilities, one of which is to keep our world a clean and enjoyable place to live for every creature that lives here. It was so enjoyable to be able to talk with the Turkeybird about the ways we can improve our enviornment and I loved that the book even had a step-by-step guide to helping out around the house, which is perfect for young readers.

“In addition to the theme of conservation, Bluebird Finds a Home has wonderful illustrations, all of which comes from the very talented Joel Seibel. Joel is know for his cartoon characters including Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones , which was just the perfect touch to this already enjoyable book. Our favorite character was by far the lead bird, Kingston, because everyone knows the first children in the family need to be in charge. Also, he’s absolutely adorable!

“From beginning to end you connect with the poor defenseless Bluebird. As he seeks out a new residence and is nearly comfortable in each place he visits, something happens and he’s then back to square one. If the trees would have remained, even a small number of them, he might have found a home sooner. Fortunately for him, he does find a home, and for the readers there’s also quite a bit that we can do as individuals which comes to light within the pages of Bluebird Finds A Home.

The1stdaughter Recommends: An enjoyable story that kiddos will devour in minutes and be begging to go outside to explore afterwords.

Giveaway!

Thanks to the publisher, Adventure Publications, I have one copy of Bluebird Finds a Home as well as an original pencil drawing by the illustrator, Joel Seibel, from the book as a giveaway too!

Make sure to stop by tomorrow to get to know the illustrator of this fantastic book a bit better as he’s interviewed by our very own Turkeybird!

Details: One winner will be chosen at random after the contest closes. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Giveaway is open to US Residents only. The giveaway will run from April 21, 2011 until May 07, 2011 midnight EST.

Find Bluebird Finds a Home by Ryan Jacobson at the following spots:
Goodreads
Amazon
Powell’s Books
Indiebound

Thank you so much to the publisher, Adventure Publications, for providing a copy for review and giveaway!
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3 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Bluebird Finds a Home by Ryan Jacobson

  1. domestic diva says:

    Thanks for the chance.

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