In this lavishly illustrated picture book featuring the paintings of award-winning young artist Tova Beck, an active young girl explores nature and birdwatching. Whether she is running barefoot down an ocean beach, building a sw fort, camping by a lake, swinging at the playground, or twirling in a city park, she sees birds everywhere she goes. Every bird she sees, she draws. When her tebook can't hold any more, she has to decide what to do. How can she spread her love of birds and drawing? Equal parts scientific identification guide and storybook, this book will interest boys and girls who love art, science, and the outdoors. Ages P and up
Thirteen-year-old watercolor artist Tova Beck has won many awards for her paintings, including first place in the Tahoma Audubon's bird drawing contest (three consecutive years), and first place in the Pierce County Poster Contest. Her work is featured on the cover of a published coloring book (Snake Lake Nature Center, Tacoma). Tova produced her first book of bird drawings when she was in kindergarten. Like the fictional character in the book, she has enjoyed teaching children in classrooms, bookstores, and nature centers to identify and draw birds. Author and illustrator Mimmi Beck (Tova's mom) studied English and Creative Writing at Wellesley College and also in Columbia University's MBA program.