North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown

North, South, East, WestNorth, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. 2017. Adobe Photoshop–digital illustrations. Published by HarperCollins.

Brief summary–While siting in a sycamore tree, a baby bird asks his mother which direction she should fly for her first flight. The little bird flies up north and finds it too cold. She decides to go south and finds it too hot. She then flies to the west but misses the sycamore trees causing her to turn around to fly east. The baby bird grows up and has children of her own who ask her which direction is the best to fly.

Comments: This is a sweet and gentle story unpublished before by Margaret Wise Brown(1910-1952). It could be included in a directions and/or mapping unit of study. “What would we find if we went north of the school?” Google maps could be used showing the current direction and then ask what a bird would see going north, south, west, or east. This could also be used to talk about how we have to make our own decision of direction in life. The mother bird did not directly answer her baby when asked which direction is the best. She left that up to the chick to discover.

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