Urban Roosts: Where Birds Nest in the City

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On window ledges and underneath bridges, on statues and inside streetlights, birds of many kings make their homes in the heart of the city. Barn owls and finches, pigeons and crows - these and others have found ways to survive in a sometimes harsh world of glass and concrete.

In this delightful and unusual book Barbara Bash explores a little-known aspect of city life with wit and imagination. Her brilliant watercolor illustrations let readers peek into a hidden world, showing ...

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Overview

On window ledges and underneath bridges, on statues and inside streetlights, birds of many kings make their homes in the heart of the city. Barn owls and finches, pigeons and crows - these and others have found ways to survive in a sometimes harsh world of glass and concrete.

In this delightful and unusual book Barbara Bash explores a little-known aspect of city life with wit and imagination. Her brilliant watercolor illustrations let readers peek into a hidden world, showing us a tiny house wren nestled in a work glove, or a killdeer watching over its eggs by the railroad tracks. Her book will inspire readers with wonder and admiration for the resourcefulness of these adaptable creatures that have found ways to survive, and even thrive, in the urban environments that now make up so much of our country.

Describes the birds that make their homes in the heart of the city and examines how they have adjusted to such a harsh urban environment.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Finches, barn owls--and the ubquitous pigeon--are among the many species vividly portrayed in words and pictures in this handsome avian exploration. Ages 6-10. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This book celebrates the pigeons, crows, and finches that share our city space. Gazing at Bash's beautifully rendered watercolors may be your child's first step in recognizing and identifying the birds in her world.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- Bash has chosen 13 species of birds, from the familiar pigeon to the sleek, skyscraper-nesting peregrine falcon, to show how these creatures have successfully adapted to new city habitats. She mentions the fact that many of the birds' original environments have been destroyed by man, but is not heavy-handed in her message. In a picture-book format, the brief text gives fascinating and sometimes humorous glimpses into the birds' way of life. Imaginative book design puts the text and readers right into the pictures, the deep-colored illustrations reflecting both the liveliness of the birds and the stark beauty of the urban setting. City children reading Urban Roosts will begin to look at their surroundings from a new perspective. It may even lead schools to consider a new type of field trip--city birdwatching. --Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316083065
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/16/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Bash is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers about nature and animals. She is also a calligrapher, teacher, and performance artist.

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