This charming story leads us through a spring day deep in the countryside, from dawn to dusk. The day begins with a solitary cockerel's crow and the sunlight falling on two lovebirds in a cage and three china ducks on a wall. Swans, swallows, peacocks, geese and starlings, each lovingly portrayed in Melvin's signature style, are among the many familiar birds that populate the pages. Intricately worked illustrations combine with a charming text, making this an ideal book to read aloud with children learning to count.
Alice Melvin is one of the most highly regarded young illustrators in the UK. Her first book, An A-Z Treasure Hunt, was long listed for the Booktrust Best New Illustrators award in 2008.