That is the question 5th graders at Galen Elementary explore on their week-long field trip to Camp Discovery, an outdoor education experience. The four main characters pictured on the cover fit neatly into each bird category causing some problems when they try to complete a compass and mapping task.

One of their teachers tells the class a tale passed down from his grandfather. It’s about a kingdom of birds where each type of bird rules one of the four corners in the continent of Aviara. They no longer get along and must discover a solution or face even more dire consequences. The birds discover as do the kids the key to working together in solving problems.

The story takes readers through 127 pages going back and forth from the present to the telling of the story about the kingdom. It’s a unique and realistic way of depicting the way we act.

You might see yourself in one or more of these personalities:

Take charge, confident eagle

Fun loving, talkative parrot

Caring and helpful dove

Logical and questioning owl

If you aren’t sure, head over to whichbirdareyou.com where you can take a short quiz about which bird you might be (or your family, friends, or favorite politician). For a more about the book and a video visit Merrick Rosenberg’s author site.

Which Bird Are You? would work best in a classroom as a read aloud and discussion tool. Even families would understand themselves and others better by reading this book.


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About Greg Pattridge

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3 Responses to WHICH BIRD ARE YOU?

  1. It’s always fun doing these type of quizzes – I had a look at the website but didn’t fit into any category! 🙂

  2. carolbaldwin says:

    Sounds like a cool book for the younger MG crowd.

  3. Anything that might help kids to get working together sounds good. Thanks for the review, Greg.

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