About Birds: A Guide for Children

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This kid-friendly book offers a first thoughtful glimpse into the world of birds: from eggs to nests, from song to flight. In this delightful book, teacher and birder Cathryn Sill explains to children what birds are, what they do, and how they live. Accompanied by beautifully detailed illustrations from noted wildlife illustrator John Sill.

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Overview

This kid-friendly book offers a first thoughtful glimpse into the world of birds: from eggs to nests, from song to flight. In this delightful book, teacher and birder Cathryn Sill explains to children what birds are, what they do, and how they live. Accompanied by beautifully detailed illustrations from noted wildlife illustrator John Sill.

Text and illustrations introduce the world of birds from eggs to flight, from songs to nests.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Various species of North American birds fly, swim and run across the pages of this picture-book field guide. for beginning birders. Lucid text provides basic information on general bird habits--``Birds may flock together''; ``Birds use their bills to gather food''--while lifelike watercolors offer visual clues to their natural habitats. The crisp illustrations carefully highlight the physical markings and relative sizes of birds for easy identification in the wild. For more advanced readers, a succinct afterword repeats the illustrations in black-and-white miniature and expands the book's text with more specific data. This volume is a true treat for the ecologically minded and especially for budding ornithologists. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
A stunning book with lovingly rendered and detailed paintings of birds. Simple statements such as "birds have feathers" are accompanied by full-color illustrations on the facing page. The birds are identified in captions and further information is outlined in an appendix. It provides a wonderful introduction to the world of birds that can be used to stimulate further interest and discussion. Birds are an accessible part of the natural realm for all children, and this book can help you share the beauty of that world with them.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Exceptionally detailed and uniformly accurate watercolors are each accompanied by a line of descriptive text that offers one straightforward fact about birds: ``Birds have feathers.'' ``Birds travel in different ways.'' ``Most birds fly,'' ``but some swim,'' ``and others run.'' Many are species young people are likely to encounter (Canada goose and American robin), while others (the greater roadrunner or the great horned owl) may be more difficult to locate. The illustrations depict the birds in their appropriate habitats. An afterword adds slightly more detailed information about each species, including the sizes of the nine birds. Little else on this subject exists at such a young level and the Sills succeed admirably in offering a basic introduction to the unique characteristics of birds. Minor quibbles: sometimes only the male of the species is shown, at others both sexes are pictured; in neither instance are readers given any aid in determining gender. In spite of these problems, most librarians will find this a priority purchase since it will fill a niche in their collections. --Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561450282
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1991
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,403,772
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

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    Delightful learning experience for the 3-8 year old

    Lovely picture books open the eyes, then the heart, and then the mind of the young child. This series, "A Guide for Children," takes the child up close to creatures and brings in words and illustrations, facts and knowledge while helping the child to gain an appreciation of the creature. Today we are looking at "About Birds - A Guide for Children." As you begin the journey learning about birds, you open the page and there on the left page is a simple statement..... "Birds have feathers," and on the right page is a beautiful picture of the brilliant cardinal in winter. The specific bird is identified in a corner of the text page. Remember, I said they are learning in this journey... they have learned that birds have feathers and that the bird pictured is the Northern Cardinal. This continues through the book instructing in simple, concise statements for the young child. At the end of the book is an "Afterword" with each page/illustration presented with a short but broader statement about that particular bird or illustration. I highly recommend these books as excellent for the home library, the school library, or for a gift from grandma. It is a pleasure to present North Carolina Cathryn Sill, author and John Sill, artist. North Carolina is a diverse state filled with a vast quantity and variety of wildlife. DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of About Birds by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for my honest review and I was under no obligation to render a positive review.

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