Children's Literature - Judy KatshUsing a direct, first person narrative style, the author discusses the joys of ornithology and feeding wild birds. This short introduction is followed by clearly written and illustrated directions for building bird feeders. The directions are organized by type of feeder (all-purpose, suet, thistle, nectar) as well as by difficulty level. There are complicated bird feeders to build, as well as feeders that can be assembled independently by young readers using household odds and ends. It's a great little manual for bird lovers, scout leaders, environmental educators, and naturalist kids. And, it's part of a feathered friends series called, "Birder's Bookshelf."
School Library JournalGr 3-7Clear, well-illustrated instructions for making simple, inexpensive, backyard bird feeders make this a must-buy for libraries. The kinds of food that attract different birds, the best time of year to feed them, and the best place to hang the feeders are all covered in a simple, informative text. Spaulding's informal, chatty tone and obvious enthusiasm are infectious. Good-quality, full-color photos and drawings appear throughout. Bobbie Kalman's Birds at My Feeder (Crabtree, 1988) gives more information about the birds, but has no detailed instructions for building feeders.Kathleen McCabe, East Meadow Public Library, NY
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