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  • 10/2021
  • 9781637650561
  • 30 pages
  • $13.95
Marianne Paidas
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Wheet, Wheet, and Repeat!
Two very special visitors arrive at 8 year old Sarina’s kitchen window-so begins an adventure into the wonders of nature. Sarina watches two cardinals eat their breakfast every morning at her bird feeder, a birthday present from her mother. Many questions pop up, but one in particular puzzles her: Why does the male feed his mate when she seems perfectly able to feed herself? With the help of her mother, Sarina figures out the splendid answer as a big surprise reveals itself and makes Sarina gleefully exclaim, “Wheet, Wheet, and Repeat”!
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On her birthday one winter, eight year-old Sarina spots a bright red cardinal out in the snow in her backyard. To truly savor the moment she must pay close attention, and with the help of her mom, Sarina becomes not only a keen observer of the wildlife in her backyard but also learns lessons about cooperation from the cardinal’s behavior, especially as she learns about how the birds care for each other. Accompanied by vivid, almost impressionistic digital illustrations, Wheet, Wheet, and Repeat! is an ode not only to the beauty and splendor of cardinals, but also to the rewards of simply paying attention to the world around you and to the rhythm of the seasons.

Ed Tuttle’s illustrations are gorgeous, varied, and full of life, stirring a sense of motion and discovery as the reader turns the pages, though it’s tempting to linger over spreads like the one depicting a bevy of birds feasting at a feeder, complete with an inset depiction of a budding tree leaf, which anticipates the story’s next development and ties directly into the text. The art is matched by prose that’s rich with lively, inviting description: a cardinal’s feathers are “the color of Nonni’s tomato sauce” and his eyes “are pin dots, black as the tar of her driveway.”

Young naturalists and fans of evocative language will appreciate the beauty and lessons in this heartfelt and informational book. Paidas’s writing style and penchant for complex and descriptive words (“captivated,” “inquisitive,”) could put off or confuse younger readers, but for older kids provides ample opportunity for discussion about the new words. Perfect for reading aloud, with its rhythmic and almost poetic cadence and writing style, Wheet, Wheet, and Repeat! is a fantastic addition to any bookshelf, especially when looking for seasonal books, books about nature, and books with realistic details.

Takeaway: This vivid story of bird-watching invites young readers to relish nature and learn from the world around them.

Great for fans of: David Opie’s All the Birds in the World, Megan Wagner Lloyd’s Finding Wild.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781637650561
  • 30 pages
  • $13.95

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