Peacocks, Penguins and Other Birds (Animal Kingdom Classification Series)


Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and habits of birds, one of the most common groups of animals.
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Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and habits of birds, one of the most common groups of animals.
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Children's Literature
The 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
This fascinating, beautifully illustrated series examines each of the major classes of the world's varied animal kingdom. Each volume provides a labeled diagram of a typical specimen and looks at the evolutionary record, life cycle, and habitats. Unusual members are highlighted as well-egg-laying mammals, walking fish, and a species of lizard that reproduces without a male. Birds focuses on the variations on beaks and claws, courtship and nesting habits, migration, and flightless species. As with all series volumes, these titles are chock full of attractive photos that complement the text and layout. The series is written clearly and succinctly on an upper elementary reading level.. Each book includes a glossary of biological terms and suggests further reading and Web sites for the researcher. The color photos, efficient format, and unusual facts make the books highly browsable and entertaining choices for the circulating collection. (Animal Kingdom Classification). VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2006, Compass Point, 48p.; Glossary. Index. Photos. Further Reading., PLB . Ages 11 to 14.
—Kevin Beach
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756512514
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Families Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 541,102
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Diverse and Numerous 8
Bird Bodies 10
Origins of Birds 12
Feathers and Flight 14
Beaks, Feet, and Claws 16
Colors and Camouflage 18
Calls and Songs 20
Long-Distance Travelers 22
Bird Courtship 24
Nests and Eggs 26
Bringing Up Baby Birds 28
Flightless Birds 30
Seabirds 32
Waterbirds 34
Great Hunters 36
Forest and Woodland Birds 38
Grassland and Desert Birds 40
Saving Birds 42
Animal Classification 44
Animal Phyla 45
Glossary 46
Further Resources 47
Index 48
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