Sounds of the Sky – Moira Butterfield, illustrated by Jonathan Woodward

 Sounds of the Sky – Moira Butterfield, illustrated by Jonathan Woodward, 360 Degrees, (9781944530273), 2020

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  Readers can explore the world and listen to the sounds of nine distinct birds.  Each double page spread introduces a habitat along with the animals that live there.  Locations included are South America’s Amazon Rain Forest, Australia’s eucalyptic forest, Bhutan’s Black Mountain, British Columbia, The Sonoran Desert of North America, Bleiksoya Island in Norway, Germany’s Black Forest, Canada’s Northwest Territory, and the Serengeti in Tanzania.  Each double page spread is filled with beautifully colored illustrations of the wildlife along with short informational paragraphs.  A “Press Here” button on each spread allows the reader to hear a bird sound.  Included is a Map of the World, an index, and a final page “Save Our Birds” describing six of the featured birds that are currently endangered.  Adults will be happy that the book sound box has an on-off switch.  The batteries can be replaced and for safety may only be accessed by using a screw driver.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?   Share this with readers who love learning about animals and birds and listening to bird calls.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 590  

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 8/18/2020 


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