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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Don't Peck On Me: A Baby Bird Story by Barbara Lamping is an adorable storybook for children. Baby Bird is hopping across the barnyard, looking for seeds, when she hears a different sound coming from the tree by the house. She goes in search of the sound and sees a bird that she has never met before. The bird introduces herself as Mocking Bird. Baby Bird listens to her singing for a while and then they fly together toward the large tree in the yard where they see three Blue Jays pecking a Goldfinch. Will Baby Bird and Mikey be able to help Birdie Goldfinch? Will the Blue Jays become friends with Birdie Goldfinch?
The story not only handles the topic of bullying, but also conveys the messages of kindness, friendship, and love. Baby Bird and Mikey, along with the other bird characters and Grandma, are relatable and children will be able to connect to them easily. The illustrations are beautiful and they capture the essence of the story nicely, making the concept clear to young readers. They also give good pace and movement to the scenes and the story. It's an excellent bedtime storybook and can also be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Books like this help children understand the author's concept and message when narrated with the help of illustrations and a story.