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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Dirty Birds by Madge H Gressley introduces young readers to five dirty birds who are sitting on the curb, chirping and burping, and eating dirty worms. One of the birds says he is stuffed and flies away. The other four dirty birds remain sitting on the curb and eating dirty worms. The next bird says she cannot take another bite and her feathers are too tight. That bird also flies away. The other one in the group feels she shouldn't eat any more because if she does she will not be able to sing. The two dirty birds on the curb are chirping and burping, and eating dirty worms. The next dirty birds feels he is overloaded and stops eating and flies away. Now there is only one dirty bird left. He also feels overstuffed and flies away.
This book is a wonderful way to explain to children the rudiments of numbers and counting. The illustrations add to the magical element of the book and will captivate young readers. Written in a poetic format, the author's words enhance the lyrical feel of the story and make it appealing to children. Madge H Gressley also makes counting 1-5 easy for readers, along with subtraction. It is a good storybook for classroom fun and activities sessions in schools, and parents can use it at home to make learning to count from 1-5 fun and enjoyable for kids. Books that teach children anything new in a fun and interactive way make an interesting read and this is one such book.