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Children's Fiction Birds

Stop Feedin' da Boids!

by (author) James Sage

illustrated by Pierre Pratt

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
Birds, City & Town Life, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7


When Swanda first moves to Brooklyn from the country, she misses the wildlife she left behind. But not for long. “Oh, look! What dear little birds!” Swanda says to her dog when she notices all the pigeons outside her apartment. “Come, Waldo, we'll get them a bird feeder all their own.” It's fun to watch the pigeons flock to the feeder, at first. But then more arrive ... and more ... and more. And before she knows it, there are too many pigeons! Swanda seeks some “Sound Practical Advice” from a few experts --- a pest control officer, the keeper of birds at the city zoo and an exotic bird fancier from Peru --- but that gets her nowhere. So her neighbors step in with their own Brooklynese solution: “SWANDA, YOU GOTTA STOP FEEDIN' DA BOIDS!”

Author James Sage's funny picture book explores what happens when a nature-loving girl meets city birds. The playful, vibrant artwork by award-winning illustrator Pierre Pratt offers its own comic narrative. Readers are in on the havoc below the bird feeder that Swanda doesn't see. This book makes a terrific choice for a humorous, entertaining read-aloud. It would also work as an introduction to social studies lessons on urban versus rural communities, and on accents and dialects. It would easily launch a life sciences discussion on how species adapt and survive in urban habitats as well.

About the authors


James Sage est auteur de plus d'une douzaine de livres pour enfants, y compris Fat Cat et Mr. Beast. Originaire des États-Unis, il a visité plusieurs régions du monde et habite maintenant à Lincolnshire, au Royaume-Uni.


James Sage is an American children's author now living in Lincolnshire, England. His first children's book won the Prix d'Arles.
Russell Ayto is the illustrator of many books for children, including The Witch's Children. Russell currently lives with his family in Cornwall, England

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  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

The exclamation begs for read-alouds ...

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Stop Feedin' Da Boids is a real hoot and will become a favourite of mischievous children ...

CM Magazine

A lovely glimpse of a multicultural neighborhood brimming with variety.


... the story is a marvelous tribute to a sense of place.

Publishers Weekly

... encourages a sense of community (in all its diversity); a great addition for any library, whether located in Brooklyn or elsewhere.

School Library Journal

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