Great Bustard: The World's Heaviest Flying Bird

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Many birds can flap their wings and then glide through the air. The great bustard isn't like them, however. It has to flap its wings all the time when it flies. If it didn't, it would fall to the ground. After all, some of these big birds weigh up to 46 pounds (21 kg). Look inside to find out where the world's heaviest flying bird lives, how it stays safe from enemies, and how the young learn to fly.
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Overview

Many birds can flap their wings and then glide through the air. The great bustard isn't like them, however. It has to flap its wings all the time when it flies. If it didn't, it would fall to the ground. After all, some of these big birds weigh up to 46 pounds (21 kg). Look inside to find out where the world's heaviest flying bird lives, how it stays safe from enemies, and how the young learn to fly.
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Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Can you imagine your average forty-six pound first grader taking flight? Believe it or not, that is how much a Great Bustard, the world's heaviest flying bird, can weigh. Found in the grasslands of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Great Bustard has a wing span that can reach seven feet from tip to tip. But no gliding for this bird—it must flap its immense wings constantly in order to keep its bulky body in flight. Aimed at emerging readers, the book uses simple text and large print without "dumbing down" the content. Topics covered include habitat, diet, life cycle and behavior. But real life examples—the Great Bustard is compared to the heft of a bulldog—and a chart offering comparisons to other heavy birds that fly give readers a perspective they can easily grasp. Indeed, if the dearth of fun facts does not draw one in, certainly the high-quality photographs will. Appropriate for children in kindergarten through third grades, the book is written at the second grade/emergent reader level. One of fourteen titles in the "SuperSized!" series about the world's largest animals, each book includes a table of contents, a glossary, an index, a bibliography, and an online resource guide. This is a well written resource that will enhance any life science curriculum, not to mention whet the appetite of kids interested in one really heavy bird.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597163903
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: SuperSized! Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: IG650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.94 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents


A Heavy Flyer     4
Grassy Homes     6
All Kinds of Food     8
Big Wings     10
Hiding from Enemies     12
Putting on a Show     14
Baby Bustards     16
Fast Learners     18
Helping the Great Bustard     20
More Heavy Birds     22
Glossary     23
Index     24
Read More     24
Learn More Online     24
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