Tuko and the Birds by Shirley Climo
A Tale from the Philippines

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Life was peaceful on the small Philippine island of Luzon. The men fished, the women cooked, the children played games, and the birds sang. Everyone knew it was time for bed when they heard the birds’ good-night song.

Then Tuko arrived. Tuko, the gecko, bellowed his name five times every time he ate—day or night. Everyone was miserable from lack of sleep. That is, until Haribon the eagle devised a plan to trick Tuko into leaving for good. Tuko and the Birds is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About Shirley Climo

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SHIRLEY CLIMO is the author of a number of successful books for children, including Monkey Business. Ms. Climo lives in Los Altos, California.  FRANCISCO X. MORA has previously collaborated with Ms. Climo on The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb. Mr.Mora lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Published April 1, 2008 by Henry Holt & Co. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Birdsong lulls the people on the isle of Luzon to sleep each night, because the birds practice their music in an abandoned house atop Mount Pinatubo and the evening breeze carries the sweet noise down.

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