Children have been growing up with Lucy Cousins’ illustrations for many years now. Her bold illustrations are very distinctive and you certainly can’t miss them. Children have gone on adventures with Maisy, been captivated by her fairy tale retellings, and discovered all sorts of beautiful fish. In Lucy’s latest book, Hooray for Birds, children will fall in love with birds.
Children will find themselves becoming birds of all kinds as they wake up shouting “Cock-a-doodle-doo!” like a rooster, pecking like a woodpecker, and standing tall on just one leg like a flamingo. They will hop, swim and swoop their way through the book until, worn out from all the excitement, they cuddle up close with Mama in their nest.
Hooray for Birds is a bright, busy, noisy book that will make children flap their wings with delight. It’s a delightful picture book that adults will be only too happy to read again and again. Lucy encourages children to join in with the birds and flap, sing and waddle along with these colourful creatures. I love Lucy’s illustration style and it really appeals to young children especially. One of my favourite aspects of Hooray for Birds are the gorgeous endpapers which are covered with birds.
I think this would be a great book for teachers to incorporate in to the classroom as I can see lots of ways to extend the story across the curriculum. Lucy uses lots of wonderful descriptive language for the different actions of the birds, so this could be worked in to the English curriculum. The book could be part of a drama lesson where the children are acting as the different birds. Children could create colourful birds of their own as part of an art lesson. There are so many opportunities to extend the fun of this book.
Hooray for Birds is a delight to share and I’m sure it will be a favourite with the younger children in your life.