School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-6-The beauty of this book lies in its simplicity and practicality. Readers will learn the fundamentals of attracting and feeding a wide range of birds and, with some adult help, will be able to create shelters for them. The volume begins with an explanation of on-going aviary census programs that children can participate in, followed by a question-and-answer section on how handouts might affect these creatures. The lively text covers types of foods birds like, how to prepare them, and some ingenious ways of delivering them. The book also gives directions for making a number of simple and more elaborate or permanent feeders. All require readily available materials and have clear directions, supported by line drawings. The section on shelters begins with suggestions for supplying birds with materials for nesting. A full-size pattern is included for the peaked nesting box. A handy chart of home preferences notes the required size of the entrance hole, distance from the ground, and location of the box for each bird listed. The final section shows how to supply feathered friends with drinking and bathing water. This succinct and well-organized book is an exciting introduction to the life requirements and habits of birds. For more extensive information on the topic, Rene and Christyna M. Laubach's The Backyard Birdhouse Book (Storey Books, 1999) would be a good choice.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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