Perfect Picture Book Friday! Little Bird Lost By Kate Larkinson

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love bird-watching! As a kid, I think it is very exciting to find a nest of birds and be able to watch them grow up and fly away!  

cover 1Little Bird Lost

By Kate Larkinson

Photos by Steve Larkinson

24 pages – ages 3-5

Published Independently 2013

Theme/Topic – Nature / Birds

Opening and Synopsis –

Taken from the book’s description –

“One of the baby birds seems to be missing. His greedy siblings have pushed him out of view! A tale of sibling rivalry and their parents love for ALL their offspring.”

Momma bird only counts three babies! Where’s number four?

Dad comes in to figure out the mystery! And then there are more!

Why I liked this book – I like the pictures in this book! They are very cute and I admit I can’t resist a baby bird! Just look at some of the photos –

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page 1 Photos used with permission

Aren’t they CUTE?! 🙂

I like the simpleness of this story! There are very few words on the pages, but the book is meant for very young kids so that is perfect. I think kids will love to look at the baby birds’ faces, and the antics of the bird family in the real-life photos. On the book’s website it says that Mr. Larkinson found this nest of “swallows in the eaves of a small bakery in south-west France” and he photographed them . Ms. Larkinson added the rhyme to the story.   I think this book is great for kids just learning to read and/or to get young kids into loving nature. 🙂

Activities and Resources –

Make a story! Do what the Larkinsons did! Go outside and take some pictures. Try to make a story out of them. Kids love taking pictures (at least I know my sister and I do). It is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature!

Make a birdhouse  Since it’s fall (here) and there are plenty of squash around here (if you are near here 😉 ), I found instructions for a build-your-own gourd birdhouse! The instructions are from the DIY Network. Click HERE to see them.

birdhouse gourds!

birdhouse gourds! (Photo credit: megankhines)

Watch Eagle Cam! A friend of my grandfather’s told me about this live Eagle Cam! It is a video camera pointed to a bald eagle’s nest. This past spring I was able to watch eaglets hatch and grow until they flew away in July. This coming spring you can watch the whole thing again! Right now the camera is turned off because there are no eagles there but there are videos on the site so you can see what happened. Bookmark the page and come back next spring! Click HERE to go  to the Eagle Cam at Duke Farms, in Hillsborough, N.J.!

Eagles Nest #01

Eagles Nest #01 (Photo credit: betta design)

Go bird-watching! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (my new word of the day) has a great section on its website all about getting kids involved in bird watching. They can learn about migration, adaptations, conservation, all kinds of things! It also teaches kids what to look for on bird to identify them. Click HERE to go  THERE!

Visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (virtually or in real-life)! Hawk Mountain is in Kempton Pennsylvania and is said to be one of the best places in North America to view hawk migrations. Our family has gone to Hawk Mountain to watch the hawks. It is a research and conservation center too. You can visit Hawk Mountain’s website HERE and learn about all kinds of raptors at their website.

Where do you go to go bird watching? What is the coolest kind of bird where you live? I know I’d love to see a kiwi down under! 😉

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No, not that kind of kiwi –

Kiwi Bird

Kiwi Bird (Photo credit:

Getting closer…

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(Photo credit: Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Yes, that’s the one! 😀

Visit the Little Bird Lost website HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

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51 replies

  1. Those are some cute pictures of those darling birds 🙂

  2. Grumpy birds are edging out grumpy cats today! I’ve never had luck with the gourd birdhouses, we just got wasp nests in them. Maybe it’s worth another try. . .

  3. Thank you so much for this wonderful review Erik! Seeing how much people enjoy it make it all worthwhile 🙂

  4. Great photos. Finally picked up Lifetime too – lurv it!

  5. Adorable! I love to birdwatch too, and we have lots here including killdeer and quail. Quail are my favorites.

  6. I love all your resources for further research, Erik. It is a lot of interesting things to do. Nature supplies us with the best stories. 🙂

  7. Erik, they are so cute! That eagle cam sounds great. I bet Matthew would love that.

  8. What a great way to create such an inspiring picture book. I love the photography — so sweet. Children are sure to love this book. Also liked your suggest activities about birdwatching. We have the migration of the Canadian Geese in Ohio, across Lake Erie.

  9. Picture books are my favorite and this one looks really cute! Who could resist those little fluff balls? You added wonderful activities and resources. I love books that explore the great outdoors!

  10. Awwwww. . .those little guys are so tweet! And I love the eagle cam. Cool!

  11. I love the camcorders ERik, and spend far too much time on them. These photos are adorable. Great PPBF choice, today.

  12. Great activities!

  13. Love all those real life photos! I think photographic picture books are getting to be my new favorite thing 🙂 And how cute are those little birds? 🙂 Thanks for adding this one to our list – great activities too!

  14. This sounds really cute. We get babies under our deck every spring. What little kid wouldn’t like these pics? I have to say, the pic on the cover is cute, but the big blue background screams self-published, which might be a turn off for some buyers.

  15. This book sounds wonderful, Erik — and your suggested activities are fantastic. I love bird-watching, too, although I don’t do as much of it as I used to. When I lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba (the province to the east of where I live now), a friend and I used to go just out of the city to a place called Oak Hammock Marsh. We saw a lot of water birds there — my favorites were the Great Blue Herons. We used to see swans near the farm where I grew up, and there are a lot of Snowy Owls around here, too. (You should see the photos my Dad took of many kinds of owls, all seen on his drives outside my current city.)

  16. The pictures in this book are adorable! I can see how this would be a great book to read to or with a child.I would love to see a Kiwi bird too some day.

  17. Erik, I love those first two pics of the three baby birds. First they’re totally vocal and angry, then they’re seething silently. Adorable! lol

  18. We’ve watched chicks in the nest, so this would be a great book for us. What amazing photos!
    I look forward to attempting a gourd bird house and some of the other activities. Thanks.

  19. I like watching baby birds too. Looks like a cute book.

  20. I love the sound and look of this book! What a great idea! We get barn swallows like those little babies. They make messy nests with mud, but the Mom Person loves them because they chatter a lot. She doesn’t like to find the poor babies that get pushed out of the nest that is always too small. You have some great suggestions for activities. Nice post today! Thanks!

  21. Love all your suggestions here for possible activities that can be done alongside the book. Will find this book too, you’re right, the photographs do look cute!

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