Monday, April 7, 2008

There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems

So if you think there might be a bird on your head, what do you do? Ask your friend, Piggie, of course. And if you suspect that another bird has arrived? Check with Piggie.

But what if they are love birds, as Piggie informs Elephant, and they are building a nest, and suddenly there are eggs, followed by chicks? All on your head? Things are moving too quickly for Elephant. After all, he did not want even one bird on his head in the first place.

"Aaaaaaaaaggghhh!!!" Elephant responds.

As all good friends will, Piggie comes to the aid of his friend, helping solve his avian quandary.

As with Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and other Pigeon books or Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too, the illustrations add exactly what is needed, clearly showing in pictures what would be too burdensome with text. Check out the look on Piggie's face when the the birds fall in love or when chicks hatch. Priceless.

Repeated and familiar text and the use of common sight words makes There Is a Bird on Your Head! perfect for new readers. Of course giggling diminishes fluency - thank you, Mr. Willems - but there's plenty of other reasons to read it other than enhancing fluency. Giggling, actually, is one of the bigger reasons.

Other books featuring Elephant and Piggie: I Am Invited to a Party, Today I Will Fly, and My Friend is Sad. (I Love My New Toy and I Will Surprise My Friend coming in June, 2008)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jen just introduced these books to me...love 'em!!! Can't wait to get my paws on some of my own!

Your website rocks!!!

Kim

Brian said...

Well, thank you for the compliment! I hope you get your paws on the books soon, and I hope all the little critters you teach enjoy them as much as we did.

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