written and illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
See the cover? Yes, a nice painting of birds relaxing at a bath. Then you open the book:
BAM! You are hit with a wave of color richer than a double chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Look at those reds! Two birds in their native habitat are featured on a plant with matching colors. In this case we have the scarlet tanger and the northern cardinal. They are perched on a summer red maple tree. The birds are named along with their gender. In addition, the name of the featured flora is on the back cover of this board book. On the orange page, you have a Baltimore oriole sitting on a fire orange azalea. The paintings are simply stunning. Wee board book readers will love the colors and seeing the birds. There's a goldfinch on the yellow page. A dynamic green parakeet on the green page. Nine colors in all are featured. If you're going to work with your child or grandchild on learning colors (and you will), this is a beautiful book in which to do so. The book ends with a sweet painting of three children playing with bird blocks.
I really like the details of the paintings. The lines in the feathers, the leaves, and the tree bark are entertaining for the eyes. My one wish would be for purple to be included, but that's can be in the sequel. Young, young readers will bounce with joy for these birds.