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Spit & Sticks: A Chimney Full of Swifts

by Marilyn Grohoske Evans
Illustrated by Nicole Gsell

Published by Charlesbridge, 2015
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴓80895880

Ages 58

揂 stub-tailed, cigar-shaped bird streaks across the Texas spring sky. A nonfiction narrative follows a family of chimney swifts from the time the adults mate in the spring to the point when they and their offspring are ready to fly south in the fall. The engaging text describes the activities of the chimney swifts, which are also shown in the digital watercolor illustrations. But a parallel story plays out only visually, as the multiracial family living in the house where the swifts have nested (mother, father, young girl) prepare for and welcome the arrival of a new baby. More about chimney swifts is provided in a note at volume抯 end.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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