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Children's LiteratureThis is a scientific book, but it is also fun to read. The reader learns about the ways various species of birds use their very different beaks. Birds' beaks may be large or small, heavy or light, short or long. Each kind of beak has a different use, best adapted for eating a particular type of food. For example, the large toucan beak is deceptively lightweight for plucking berries and insects from the trees. The book also gives other uses for the beaks, like attracting mates. This book ends with a fun surprise as well as a list of interesting, bird-related Web sites. The colorful illustrations look like three-dimensional collages and really catch the reader's attention. The book is for younger elementary students, but older kids will also find it interesting and educational. 2002, Charlesbridge Publishing, Ages 6 to 12.
— Paul Mauer