Brian P. Cleary
Brian P. Cleary author
  Sparrow, Eagle, Penguin, and Seagull: What is a Bird?
written by Brian P. Cleary
illus. by Martin Goneau
Millbrook Press / Lerner
  kindergarten to grade 3
  Also available from the publisher as a multi-user e-book, interactive book, and Audisee® eBook with Audio
Animal Groups Poem
Classifying Animal Groups
Birds Coloring Page
Birds Poster (14x9")
Sparrow, Eagle, Penguin, and Seagull:
What is a Bird?

What is a bird? Parrots, bluebirds, ostriches, and many other creatures are all birds!

Clever rhymes from Brian P. Cleary and comical illustrations from Martin Goneau explain the traits that all birds have in common and help you determine which creatures belong in this feathered group. Animal names are printed in color for easy identification, and the goofy CATegorical cats make learning fun!


“Youngsters are sure to enjoy the book and so will their parents, older siblings and teachers….This book should be on the shelves of any library frequented by young readers.” (Science Books & Films)

“The energetic rhyming text and zany cartoon illustrations will captivate students and make it fun to learn about what makes each group distinctive. Goneau’s cartoon creatures nicely complement the facts that Cleary imparts in his rhythmic narrative… Solid additions to the series.” (School Library Journal, Series Made Simple)

“Funny, factual, and at times even a little edgy, this offers the unconventional for younger children trying to understand the animal world.” (Booklist)

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