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Backyard Birds of Summer

Backyard Birds of Summer

by Lerner

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Year-round and seasonal Backyard Birds of Winter and Backyard Birds of Summer are featured in two handsome volumes by artist/ author Carol Lerner. Her winter birds (painted to scale) are those attracted by feeders in the lower 48 states and southern Canada. Summer's birds (life size) include those attracted by feeders and a few that dine only on insects. Ms. Lerner notes distinguishing and easily discernible characteristics, describes seasonal behavior, preferred diets and feeding habits, and identifies seasonal ranges via map insets. She specifies appropriate food and feeders in the final chapter of both volumes.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Focusing on birds that migrate to northern climes in the summer months, Lerner has created another lovely, informative title for budding ornithologists. As in Backyard Birds of Winter (Morrow, 1994), she combines beautiful watercolor illustrations with lucid prose. The book is divided into two sections: species that use feeders and those that use houses. The inviting pages feature colorful birds shown in actual size, maps of their summer ranges, and hints on how to lure these intriguing creatures into backyards. A fine introduction; helpful tips on feeders, houses, and appropriate foods; and a list of suggested further readings are included. Careful scholarship and beauty of design make this a first purchase.Ellen M. Riordan, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
Stephanie Zvirin
Using an oversize picture-book format, Lerner introduces a number of common birds and explains how children can attract and be good hosts to those that visit backyards during the summer months. Arresting, full-color, "to-scale" pictures of the birds, usually including both the male and female, along with thumbnail-size maps, will be excellent for identification purposes, with Lerner providing plenty of information about the birds' habits and feeding. A final chapter offers some specific tips for making feathered friends welcome, which Lerner buttresses with a helpful list of further readings. An introduction will help children focus on environmental issues.
Kirkus Reviews
An attractive and appealing title to feather the imagination—the companion volume to Backyard Birds in Winter (1994).

Lerner features 30 migratory birds that summer in the US, providing readers with life-size, full-color scale drawings, information on habitat and food preferences, and range maps. For most birds, Lerner discusses the most familiar species for each region of the US, e.g., in describing buntings, she includes the indigo bunting common in the northeast and central US, the lazuli bunting of the West, and the painted bunting of Texas and the Gulf Coast. Among the others described are grosbeaks, catbirds, hummingbirds, orioles, tanagers, wrens, swallows, and bluebirds. Especially useful is information on attracting birds to the backyard, constructing feeders and birdhouses, selecting plants, and feeding. Lerner conveys her love of and respect for her subject on every page; she makes the natural world as close as readers' backyards.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 11.35(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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