FEED THE BIRDS
[Illustration note: setting is a park in Philadelphia. Birds are typical urban birds local to this city: mostly pigeons (rock doves) and house sparrows with occasional starlings, mourning doves, cardinals, blue jays and chickadees. For the grey squirrels, include some with the black color variation, as they are common here. Please show racial diversity in people illustrated.]
Where are all the birds?
[Illustration note: no birds visible]
Do you see any birds?
Point to the ones you see.
[Illustration note: show pigeons and house sparrows partially hidden and at a distance but visible to the child reader in common city park locations such as on buildings, in shrubs, near trash barrels, etc. Hold off on showing the more colorful and timid species of birds until later]
Should we try calling them over?
Let’s make some bird sounds.
They aren’t coming.
Maybe they’re hungry.
Should we try feeding them?
Grab a handful of seeds and toss them into the air.
[Illustration note: show close up of appropriate seed mix for the birds in a paper bag, bucket or some appropriate container—sunflower seeds, cracked corn, thistle, millet etc]
Here they come!
[Illustration note: close up of seeds falling across the page that the kid threw on previous spread but no birds visible yet, or maybe just the tip of wings on the edges of the pages]
Can you count how many there are?
So many different colors! What colors do you see?
Can you find a blue one?
A red one?
A brown one?
One that has black on it?
One that has white on it?
[Illustration note: please have more than one bird answer for the last three questions]
Oh, that little one in the back isn’t getting any seeds. Want to give it some extra? It looks so hungry!
[Illustration note: show the close up of the seeds in the container so kid can pretend to put them next to this bird]
I think it’s thanking you!
[Illustration note: close-up view of bird from the above spread with a tiny pile of seeds in front of it]
The pigeons have such beautiful colors on them. Which pigeon is your favorite?
[Illustration note: please show the wide color variation that pigeons typically have including the purple and green shimmery iridescence on their necks]
Oh, someone else is coming to eat! A squirrel! Can you find it?
[Illustration note: just show one squirrel eating in this spread, but more in the background]
I’m getting tired of sitting still. Let’s pretend we’re birds and fly around.
What kind of bird are you?
Ooops! I think we scared the animals away! Oh well, they had a good feast!
Here are the names of the animals we saw:
[Illustration note: please show a close-up of each of the following animals, labeled: rock dove/pigeon, starling, house sparrow (female), house sparrow (male), mourning dove, blue jay, cardinal (female), cardinal (male), black-capped chickadee, grey squirrel, dog]