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Children's LiteratureThe book includes everything from how birds originated to how to save them; from bird courtship to bringing up babies; from seabirds to desert birds; from feathers and flight to migration. The numerous photographs are gorgeous and the text is clearly written. There is not only an author, but also a content advisor and a science advisor—readers are in competent hands. Each 2-page spread covers one topic which is explained by an introductory paragraph. Each subhead also merits its own paragraph. Several captioned photographs accompany the text to illustrate various aspects of the topic and enhance the reader's understanding. An extensive glossary and index are welcome additions. The book is lovely to look at, but is too visually scattered to provide a solid core of information. It would be an attractive addition to a public or private library that already has other, more straightforward volumes about "our feathered friends." It is part of the "Animal Kingdom Classification" series. 2006 (orig. 2005), Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Ellen R. Butts