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The varieties of shapes, surface features, colors, and movements necessary to master the depiction of birds can be daunting. Poole (How To Sketch Animals) guides the novice artist with a conversational style borne of her own origins as a self-taught artist. She follows brief sections on supplies and drawing techniques with detailed instructions on drawing a dozen common North American birds-backyard birds like robins, bluebirds, and warblers. Her crisp listing of every phase of each drawing will ease the way for hesitant artists. Recommended for public libraries; advanced students will want to consult John Busby's Drawing Birds, which places the genre within the context of art history and expands the coverage to water birds and birds in flight.