How Do Birds Find Their Way?

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Many birds travel thousands of miles each year, migrating between summer and winter homes. Just how they find their way back and forth, sometimes returning to the exact same nesting grounds each year, has puzzled ornithologists for years. Roma Gans details the many ...
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Overview

Many birds travel thousands of miles each year, migrating between summer and winter homes. Just how they find their way back and forth, sometimes returning to the exact same nesting grounds each year, has puzzled ornithologists for years. Roma Gans details the many theories scientists have proposed to explain the mysteries of migration.

Author Biography: The late Roma Gans was a
co-founder of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series.
How Do Birds Find Their Way?,
illustrated by Paul Mirocha, is one of her many titles.

Holly Keller is also the
illustrator of From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer and Who Eats What? by Patricia Lauber. She lives in West Redding, CT.

Explores the mysteries of bird migration, including theories on how birds find their way and how scientists learn about migration.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Glen Mayers
This easy-to-read book explains the very complicated process by which our feathered friends find their way from place to place over miles and miles without getting lost. It is well written and beautifully illustrated and will keep children interested throughout. The author takes separate species of birds and provides many facts, as well as historical information on each.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
How do birds find their way between summer and winter homes? Ornithologists conjecture that some follow rivers and other landmarks, some the sun, moon, or stars, and yet others Earth's magnetic field. Roma Gans explains these migration theories and their development in a fine "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out" title illustrated by Paul Mirocha. Ms. Gans notes that scientists routinely band birds to study their behavior.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3Gans limits her discussion to basic facts about birds and their instinctive travel habits. She tells what ornithologists know about migration patterns and presents some of their theories about how birds know when to fly and their different means of navigation. Watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations show several species and their habitats, as well as a few maps and charts. The careful coloring and identification of specific birds add to the value of this attractive introductory text, but its lack of an index limits its use for reports.Kathy East, Wood County District Public Library, OH
Stephanie Zvirin
Pictures and text work together beautifully to introduce facts about bird migration in this new addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Richly colored double-spread artwork shows birds and children in a common habitat before focusing on birds themselves, in nests and on the wing. The crisply delivered accompanying text, larded with specific examples, delves into some of the tantalizing mysteries that surround birds' twice-yearly pilgrimage. Several maps are used to give children a sense of distances traveled, and because so many different varieties of birds are shown, always clearly labeled, children can use the book as a sort of informal spotter's guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060202255
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Roma Gans was a co-founder of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series.
How Do Birds Find Their Way?,
illustrated by Paul Mirocha, is one of her many titles.

Holly Keller is also the illustrator of From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer and Who Eats What? by Patricia Lauber. She lives in West Redding, CT.

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