A quick, simple read with cute and eye catching illustrations. We all loved to see how each bird was characterised, and it was particularly neat to try and mimic the actions of the birds on each page. We all have experience with birds in Aotearoa so between all of us there was a lot of shared prior knowledge to discuss. This had the potential to be a cool book with a storyline, so it was a bit disappointing that it was just a counting book. It would be fun to see character development beyond one line for each bird. Perhaps even double the amount of text on each page would have satisfied us. The illustrations added to the text and gave so much more meaning to the kids when they were a bit unsure of words like crafty and poise. It was a nice pattern of picture book, one that could be very handy in the classroom as an exemplar of how to write a simple text about numbers.
Title: 1-2-3 Bird!
Author: Dave Gunson
Illustrator: Dave Gunson
Format: Paperback Picture Book
Date of Publication: September 2017
Reviewer: Mel Heke
School: Summerland Primary School