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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite
I learned so much from the storybook Robin Sees a Monster: From Egg to Robin such as what baby robins are called and how long it takes for an egg to hatch, and how long a baby bird stays in the nest before flying away. The story is about a robin who builds a nest, lays eggs, sits on the nest for 14 days, watches the eggs hatch, and I discovered what robins do with the eggshells after the egg hatches. Robin protects her baby birds from two predators. I was surprised to find out what the first predator was. Then I was afraid when I saw the second predator sneaking up. Author Barbara A. Fanson manages to turn the life cycle of baby robins into an interesting book filled with warmth, suspense, and a little trepidation. Parents and teachers will enjoy reading this book with children because it’s engaging, interesting, educational, and entertaining.
I enjoyed reading Robin Sees a Monster: From Egg to Robin by Barbara A. Fanson. The author took all the photos for this children’s picture book, which shows the day-to-day growth of the baby birds, but adds adventure to the photographic journey. There are some activity pages at the back of the book that children will enjoy, including mazes, word search, and jokes. I especially liked the six photos at the back showing the bird when it hatched and when it flew away. I think all public libraries, school libraries, classrooms, and homes would benefit from this book. Will all the fledglings learn to fly? Read it and find out.