Stop Feedin' Da Boids! by James SageStop Feedin' Da Boids! by James Sage

Stop Feedin' Da Boids!

byJames SageIllustratorPierre Pratt

Picture Books | April 4, 2017

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When Swanda first moves to Brooklyn from the country, she misses the wildlife she left behind. But not for long. ?Oh, look! What dear little birds!? Swanda says to her dog when she notices all the pigeons outside her apartment. ?Come, Waldo, we'll get them a bird feeder all their own.? It's fun to watch the pigeons flock to the feeder, at first. But then more arrive ... and more ... and more. And before she knows it, there are too many pigeons! Swanda seeks some ?Sound Practical Advice? from a few experts --- a pest control officer, the keeper of birds at the city zoo and an exotic bird fancier from Peru --- but that gets her nowhere. So her neighbors step in with their own Brooklynese solution: ?SWANDA, YOU GOTTA STOP FEEDIN' DA BOIDS!?

Author James Sage's funny picture book explores what happens when a nature-loving girl meets city birds. The playful, vibrant artwork by award-winning illustrator Pierre Pratt offers its own comic narrative. Readers are in on the havoc below the bird feeder that Swanda doesn't see. This book makes a terrific choice for a humorous, entertaining read-aloud. It would also work as an introduction to social studies lessons on urban versus rural communities, and on accents and dialects. It would easily launch a life sciences discussion on how species adapt and survive in urban habitats as well.
Pierre Pratt is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator of over 50 books for children. He lives and works in Montreal, Quebec, and in Lisbon, Portugal.James Sage is the author of over a dozen books for children. His first book, illustrated with photographs by Robert Doisneau, was awarded a Prix d'Arles. He lives in Lin...
Title:Stop Feedin' Da Boids!Format:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 11.38 × 8.62 × 0.5 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771386134

ISBN - 13:9781771386135


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Birds of a Feather, are sometimes too much! This cute story with vibrant illustrations follows Swanda who arrives in the city and misses all the wildlife. When she spots pigeons she begins to feed them and the problem becomes overwhelming. Eventually she realizes that she can no longer give them food as the neighbours don't want the mess. So she moves on to fish, which leads to an aquarium, which leads to a desire for bigger and better. A fun book to remind children how less can be more.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read aloud - kids will love it! Swanda (love her name) and her trusty dog Waldo move from the country into the bustling city of Brooklyn N.Y. Because of her country background she finds she is missing her beloved wildlife and one day she discovers there actually is wildlife in the city... in fact they are right outside her window. Who knew? Great! "Oh, look! What dear little birds! Come, Waldo, we'll get them a bird feeder all their own." It takes about one minute's time for the city pigeons to discover that Swanda's Café for Pigeons is open and ready for business. They come in swarms to gulp, munch, and completely empty her birdfeeder and then they have the nerve to hang around and wait for their next meal to be served. The neighbours are not impressed. The pigeons are perched on the fire escape, on the roof, on everyone's balcony... they are everywhere and the neighbours want them gone.... yesterday! Poor Swanda, it's all her fault. Swanda seeks wise council from the Pest Control Officer, the Keeper of Birds at the City Zoo, and even the Exotic Bird Fancier from Peru to try to find a solution to the problem. They are no help to her. It's then that her irritated neighbours shout her the answer she is looking for... "SWANDA, YOU GOTTA STOP FEEDIN' DA BOIDS!' Will the problem of pigeon overload be rectified? Will things calm down and get back to normal now in that once peaceful Brooklyn neighbourhood? Well the birds finally did disappear... but then the next day as Swanda was walking Waldo she passes a pet shop and happens to notice something shimmering and dancing in the window. She goes inside and makes a purchase to take home... will this new addition she now has on her table turn into a fiasco as well? Knowing Swanda... probably so. Oh my! The artwork is whimsical and playful adding much humour and fun to the storyline. This would be a great book to read aloud and spark conversations as how to properly care and maintain wildlife that are living in the outdoors and little critters that you keep inside your home. I am positive kid's will be delighted with this charming tale.
Date published: 2016-12-14

Editorial Reviews

A lovely glimpse of a multicultural neighborhood brimming with variety.-Booklist