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When The Storks Came Home

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Lovely book and wonderful illustrations
Would highly recommend for its wonderful story. 
Thank you for the preview
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I got this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

I really loved this story, and I loved how it incorporated the facts about the storks and how to help them! Conversations like these are so important to have with kids, so loved seeing it! Definitely recommend it, and the illustrations are SO beautiful!
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I really enjoyed this book and I have been a keen birdwatcher for years so it was a special read

I read the book with my daughter and we used it as an opportunity to talk more about nature in general as well as conservation and the importance of that - it gave us plenty to talk about

The book was well laid out, it was nice and had some lovely illustrations

It is 5 stars from me for this one – very highly recommended!
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I cannot say enough good things about this book and the lessons it can teach our little ones (not to mention the beautiful illustrations). This one provides the perfect story to represent to your kids that learning and research can be fun if it's about something you are interested in or passionate about, and that if there's something you want or a cause you believe in, even something as simple as a bake sale or lemonade stand can truly make a difference in your community. This one was pitch perfect.
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This is the story about a young girl named Beanie who loves birds. When a new baby brother arrives, they receive lots of flowers and cards and on one of the cards is a white stork. 

She becomes fascinated and finds out that they unfortunately disappeared from Britain and their population is decreasing. Beanie becomes very passionate in saving the storks and she, along with her town, do everything they could to save them.

This story is inspired from real life events making this book even better. The artwork is beautiful! And I think this book is a very good read for young children as they need to be educated about wildlife and conservation, so that they'll be able to contribute in regards to conservation of nature. 

after all; they are the new generation!
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Intitally, this would not download for me and I had to mark is as DNR. Thankfully, a friend told me about an APP on my computer that would let me read this and I am so glad that I was able to. 
THIS is an fantastic book. Absolutely fantastic. What a great story! 

Based on the true story of when injured storks were brought back to England from Poland to see if the flock could be repopulated, this is the story of Beanie and her bird sanctuary friend Andy who decide to raise money to bring injured storks to England to try and restart the population again. With the help of the village and some serious waiting, they are able to accomplish this and it is such a glorious, feel good story, that is even better because you know its based on a true story. 

This has some of the best illustrations I have ever seen in a kids book - the birds alone are magnificent. This is a book that will stay with anyone who reads it and kids and adults a like will love this feel-good happy story. 

I am so glad I found a way to read this. Absolutely fantastic. 

Thank you to NetGalley, Isabella Tree, Alexandra Finkelday - Illustrator, and Quarto Publishing Group - Ivy Kids for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I love the illustration in this book. I knew very little about storks going into this I had no idea about the immigration this was very interesting to learn and it was a fun way to tell a story. And I loved finding out at the end that even though the characters aren’t real this is based off of real re-introduction project that was done. I will definitely be looking into information about storks after reading this.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing for the ARC of this!

I loved sharing this story of bringing back wild storks with my children! The illustrations were lovely and there was just the right amount of well-written text to read aloud. It showed them that children can help change things that humans have messed up in the past and had a very hopeful message for the future.
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This is a wonderful story of a young bird-lover's attempts to reintroduce white storks to England.

Beanie becomes fascinated with these unusual birds after seeing a picture on a greeting card. When a local wildlife expert tells her that the gorgeous creatures used to nest on local roofs, Beanie decides to do what she can to bring them home again. I love that this is based on a true story.

What a treat for nature fans of all ages!
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This story links the myth that storks bring babies with the real concerns of wild storks in Europe. Beanie, a young female main character, absolutely loves birds. One day, when her parents bring home her new baby brother, she notices cards with storks on them. She had never seen a stork before and decided to learn more about them. She found out that white storks were overhunted in England in the past and now they were no longer inhabiting her area. She also learned that a Polish zoo was overrun by storks. She worked hard by fundraising and gaining support to help bring a stork sanctuary to her local bird reserve. It took a while but she was excited to finally see live storks in her neighbourhood again. This story shares an important message about protecting wildlife and preventing over hunting, as well as the importance of all community members (even kids) coming together to help protect animals. As a grade 3 teacher, I could definitely see this book in my classroom library and can think of many opportunities for discussion and lessons surrounding these ideas. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the age 5-11 range. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!
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When the Stork Came Home
4.5 Stars 

Alexandra Finkeldey artwork throughout this book is 5/5 Stars. I loved the charming, kid friendly style, and it's why I chose it. The attention to details, and texture truly brought this story to life.
Though this is a picture book, it uses more complex language, and requires a higher cognitive & executive skills (think 3rd- 4th grade). This is a very educational book, I'd use it to start conversations; such as, how to enact change, goal setting, fund raising, or conservation. 

I think it's pretty neat that this book is based on a true story; the mission to bring  white storks back to Britain. It was fun following Beanie on her journey. I'd highly recommend this book to parents wanting their child to get involved. My only small complaint is it's over the top positive. Nothing in life goes this smoothly. I wished it was more realistic, so a child would be prepared for minor setbacks. Thank you, NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Ivy Kids, for an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Beanie is fascinated with storks and learns her village was once famous for nesting stocks. She learns they have disappeared from Britain, and she takes action to help them return. Along with her community, Beanie does everything she can to bring wild storks back to nest on the house in the village.

Read this book based on actual events to promote discussions on:
- activism
- cooperation
- courage
- conservation
- natural habitats
- determination
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This is a lovely picture book about a real success story, the re-introduction of White Storks into Britain. While the main character if fictional, the events are all based on actual strategies used both in Britain and in Europe.  I loved the details at the end on the actual project and where you can find out more. With beautiful illustrations, this is a wonderfully positive story about conservation and cooperation. I have already ordered copies for our libraries!
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A sweet true story of a young girl helping the wild stork population return to her town.

I read this with my four year old daughter, who asked questions and was engaged the entire time. The illustrations are calming and muted, perfect for before bed to help a child unwind. I enjoyed how the author wove a new baby sparking the interest of an older sibling. Overall, a nice book for ages 3-7

Thank you NetGalley for the advanced reader copy.
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An informative little tale about storks, illustrated ever so beautifully by Alexandra Finkeldey. Thank you, NetGalley and Ivy Kids for the ARC!
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This book made me cry.
I love birds. There are a lot of migrating birds where I live and seeing this little girl help bring this native bird back to the area is just so beautiful and hopeful and I'm crying
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When the Storks Came Home proves a book so inspiring and beautiful that adults — even adults with no kids at home — will adore it. Written by conservationist Isabella Tree and beautifully illustrated by Alexandra Finkeldey, this picture book tells of 8-year-old Beanie who comes up with an idea of reintroducing white storks to the Knepp Estate, a nature preserve in West Sussex, United Kingdom. The entire village of Horsham pitches in to bring storks from Poland to build the population in the England once again. The story and pictures will stay with readers long after they turn the last page. 

To my surprise, the book is a fictionalized account of the actual reintroduction of storks to England 600 years after they went extinct there. What a heroic tale! Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended. 

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group — Ivy Kids in exchange for an honest review.
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When The Storks Came Home is a kind story of Beanie, a young girl who loves birds. When Beanie learns about a new bird she hasn't seen before (a stork) she goes on a mission to learn where storks come from and why they don't nest in Britain anymore!

This book has beautiful illustrations which drew me in right away. I would love to read future books by this author!  This book was informative and enjoyable  It's always wonderful to find a children's book that helps kids understand more about the creatures in the world and their habitats!

Any bird loving child would enjoy this book!

Happy reading my friends!
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My feelings about this picture book are decidedly mixed.  The story itself is a good one--the efforts of one young girl (with the help of adults) to re-establish wild storks in Britain.  The telling is a little clumsy but it works well enough and the illustrations have enough detail and charm.  But an afterword explains that the story is in fact a fabrication.  No such girl ever existed.  Storks were re-established, but not in the way that the book depicts.  It was done by professional adults.  The idea of building a nest on a roof didn't happen in Britain but was taken from a man in Croatia.  I found this very disappointing and I imagine kids will feel that too.  I much would have preferred it if the book simply told the actual story, perhaps using a fictional child as a secondary character or guide (perhaps the child of one of the adults).  That bit of fiction would have been more acceptable.  The creators of this book have a good story to tell but I think they bent the truth too far to make a book that they thought would be accessible to kids.
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Beanie is a young birdwatcher, but she doesn't recognize the bird on a baby shower card. Storks have been gone from England for ages. But Beanie is determined to bring them back. With the help of Andy, a keeper at the nature preserve, and some international shipping, Beanie brings back birds to her hometown.

The color pencil illustrations are a bird watcher's delight. Of course, most are of the storks, but there's appearances from quite a few other local species. Kingfishers, jackdaws, and long-tailed tits are specifically named. And the penultimate image, of several storks nesting on rooftops, is so striking! It feels almost a fantasy, but the book follows up this ending with a section on the real-life reintroduction efforts in Knepp, England, with many dynamic photos of the birds.

This is definitely a pick for birders OR for someone who is going to convert, or has already converted, their backyard into a mini nature preserve. It's a wonderful way to teach children about conservation, natural habitats, and how we can make efforts to help animals, instead of merely exploiting them.

Advanced reader copy provided by the publisher.
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