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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Quincy the Quail Saves a Life by Barbara Renner is the story of Quincy the quail who lives in the desert with his family. It is a beautiful day and Quincy and his mate, Quella, decide to call their chicks for a family meeting. They plan to go to a new neighborhood to hunt for their food that day. Their friend Mr Owl warns them about the birds and animals protecting that territory. They are met by two hostile hummingbirds who ask them to get out of their yard. One of them bullies the chicks and Quincy scares the hummingbird by spreading his wings and puffing his feathers so that he looks big. It is a story of friendship and being kind. Children will like the way Quincy saves the life of the hummingbird who bullied his chicks.
What I like about this book is the QR Codes that allow readers to listen to the hummingbird sounds and quail calls. That makes the characters so real and tangible for young readers. The illustrations are wonderful and they capture the essence of the concept nicely. It is a good storybook for classroom interactive sessions because of the message and the educational and informative contents provided through the story. Children learn more about quails and the interesting facts on each page are useful. The use of QR Codes and the facts on each page make the story and the book unique, fun to read, and refreshingly original.