This is the bird that climbed out of the nest and... flop flop flop... he fell! In this cumulative tale, readers will find plenty of suspense and comic verve in Baby Bird's adventures outside the nest. The startled fledgling encounters a curious squirrel, a buzzing bee, and a frolicsome frog, before heading for danger in the form of a stalking cat and a snoozing canine: "This is the dog that opened wide and a bird that nearly walked inside." But this resourceful youngster makes a lucky escape, and ultimately has the wherewithal to try his wings, making a precarious first flight over the heads of all the animals. Young children will respond well to the humor of Ayto's ink-and-watercolor illustrations, which showcase the bright cartoon animals against more muted backgrounds, and aptly show Baby Bird's shaky movements both on and off the ground. The rhythm and repetition of the text makes it an ideal "read-aloud," and invites listeners to predict the story and even chant along.