The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton

It’s the time of year when we are woken up by birds singing at dawn, living next to woods means that the concert can be particularly loud! The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton is a gorgeous book that is really relevant to read right now and has stimulated discussion about which kinds of birds we can hear singing in the mornings.

The Dawn Chorus - Story SnugThe Story: Early one morning Peep goes to find out who is singing a beautiful song. After asking various birds and animals if they have been singing, he discovers a group of birds who call themselves the dawn chorus. Peep practises singing so that he can join them but on the first day he is late for his audition and on the second day he is too tired to sing. He goes home disappointed but then discovers why he can’t sing so well in the morning…

This is the story of a little bird who does his best to make his dream come true before discovering his own identity. We won’t spoil the story but it has a happy ending, Peep finds a new friend and discovers that his particular species sings better later in the day. Peep is an easy character for children to identify with and we admire his determination to become part of the chorus, feel his disappointment when things don’t go his way and share in his joy as his story ends.

The text is easy to read and Suzanne Barton uses earthy colours for the illustrations which are perfect for the bird and animal life that they portray. My daughter loves Owl and my favourite page shows Peep watching the stars under a full moon, it has a deep blue background with gorgeous collage stars.

Peep’s story would be great to include in a classroom topic on birds and could be used to initiate discussion about different kinds of birds and their birdsongs. Listening to a CD of different birds can help younger readers identify how particular birds sing as well as the different sounds that other birds, e.g. owls, roosters or ducks, make.

The Dawn Chorus is a beautifully illustrated book which is enjoyable to read but also stimulates learning and gives opportunities for children to think and talk about different kinds of birds.

Age Range: 3 +

Author / Illustrator: Suzanne Barton

12 thoughts on “The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton

    • I don’t mind the dawn chorus as the birds don’t sing very early all year round. I don’t think that I would like to be woken by a cockerel every morning!

  1. Hearing the birds singing is one of my favourite sounds, I’d love to be able to hear them every morning. This book sounds lovely and your favourite page sounds beautiful.

    • That’s cute, it would be fun to hear what they’re singing about 🙂 We’re just reading Mary Poppins and have just read the chapter where the babies speak to the starling

Leave a Reply