Hans Post, Cees Heij & Irene Goede
Who knew that rats gladly eat sparrows? Or that dog poo in the street is a great place for a sparrow to find lunch? Or that sparrows like dust baths? Follow one family of sparrows to learn more about their life cycles.
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“Sparrows, originally published in the Netherlands as Mus, is the English version of Hans Post’s 2006 book. The writing style is easy for children to comprehend; at the same time, they receive educational information. Parents and teachers can use this book as an instructional tool for elementary school children. The illustrations are clear, such as the picture of the mother bird laying eggs, and adults should prepare to answer questions that young ones may have. … Overall, Sparrows ignites a love of bird watching into children.”
“For young birdwatchers, this handsome, large picture book…follows a house sparrow through the seasons in town and country places. … First published in the Netherlands and translated from the Dutch, this informative title concludes with a short note that fills in more facts, including how sparrows first came to North America from England in 1850.”
“Large, attention-grabbing watercolor illustrations accurately depict the life of a house sparrow, one of our country’s most common nonnative species, including mating, nest-building, and raising chicks. A variety of layouts, from full-page to small vignettes that are still usable with groups of children, makes this a natural for classroom sharing or storytimes. Individual children who spend time one-on-one with the book will discover small dramas at play, such as cats stalking birds and families out for neighborhood walks. … a useful introduction to the annual life cycle of these birds.”
-School Library Journal
Trained as a teacher, Hans Post is the former head of education at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands. He also worked for the World Wildlife Fund as the editor of a magazine for children.
Kees Heij (1940) – biologist and teacher – is the only real sparrow specialist in the Netherlands.
In 1985 he earned his doctors degree by writing a thesis called ‘Comparative Ecology of the House Sparrow Passer domesticus in Rural, Suburba
Irene Goede (1966) studied drawing and textile arts at the college of education. After finishing this, she started at the Arts Academy in Kampen. She majored in illustrative design.
Irene Goede designs book covers and illustrates picture books. She makes a particular feature of books about nature, painting animals from life in warm tones with love and care.