Flight of the Dodo by Peter BrownThis is a perfect book for kids who are at the ages when poop is funny and/or fascinating. There are a lot of poop jokes in here.
I suspect that certain children are liable to go into fits of the giggles over this book.
It’s also effective as a story that talks about taking risks, solving problems, and about helping friends too.
Some of the pictures are hilarious. After the dodo (what looks like a hot air balloon with a passenger basket) lands, the image of the waddler (non-flying bird) lying prostrate on the ground after its experience flying is quite amusing.
So, is this really the same Peter Brown who wrote The Curious Garden? If so, they’re entirely different type books, except for the nature angle I guess.
Flightless Birds - Picture Play
Flightless bird , any of several birds that have, through evolution , lost the ability to fly as they adapted to new environments. Most living forms belong to the order Struthioniformes a group that includes the ostrich , the rhea , the cassowary , the kiwi , and the emu ; however, they are more commonly known as ratites. Also flightless, but unrelated to the ratites, are penguins order Sphenisciformes. Several extinct forms, such as the dodo , are known from historical records and from fossils. That flightless birds are descended from birds that could fly is commonly accepted among scientists. What is not completely clear, however, is why these birds lost the ability to fly.
The concept of flight is intimately connected to birds, but not all birds fly. Instead, some birds develop other ways to get around and no longer need their wings, and those flightless birds fascinate birders and non-birders alike. Birds fly to find food, reach a different seasonal range , escape predators, reach safer nesting sites, defend their territory , and impress mates , so why would any bird species lose the ability to fly? In areas where birds have no natural predators, rely on food sources such as fruits or fish , have no need to migrate , and use other adaptations for protection and courtship, flying is much less critical. Flightless birds still have wings, but their wings are typically smaller or less fully developed than birds that fly. The feather shapes may be different, such as looking fluffy like fur or being tiny and compact for insulation while swimming. Birds that don't fly usually have fewer wing bones or the bones may be fused together, making the wings much less mobile than is needed for flying.