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What is a Bird?

What is a Bird?

by Robert Snedden
     
 

What makes a bird a bird? How can creatures as different as the hummingbird and the flamingo both belong to the same class of animals? Are birds feathered creatures that fly? Well, some are—but penguins and ostriches are birds, and they can't fly. Are birds animals that lay eggs? Yes, but insects, frogs, and fish lay eggs, too, and they aren't birds. So what

Overview

What makes a bird a bird? How can creatures as different as the hummingbird and the flamingo both belong to the same class of animals? Are birds feathered creatures that fly? Well, some are—but penguins and ostriches are birds, and they can't fly. Are birds animals that lay eggs? Yes, but insects, frogs, and fish lay eggs, too, and they aren't birds. So what exactly is a bird? Answering that question isn't as easy as it might seem, but What is a Bird? makes solving the puzzle fascinating and fun.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- Superb, full-color photographs and detailed illustrations will attract youngsters to these basic introductions. The texts are limited to double-page topic treatments and captions. What Is a Bird? answers that question and gives a detailed description of feathers, wings, and flying. Beaks, songs, and eggs are also discussed. Similarly, What Is an Insect? explains the physical characteristics that distinguish insects from other classes of animals. Their locomotion, reproduction, senses, stages of development, feeding, and defenses are examined. Both titles engender a sense of wonder for their subjects. Jenifer Day's What Is a Bird? (Golden, 1975; o.p.) is illustrated with full-color drawings, rather than photographs. Allan Fowler's It Could Still Be a Bird and It's a Good Thing There Are Insects (both Childrens, 1990) are for younger readers. Laurence Mound's Insect (McCay, 1990) is similar in content and format to What Is an Insect? , but is for slightly older audiences. --Barbara B. Murphy, Shaler Area School District Libraries, Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871569226
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books for Children
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Series:
Books for Children Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt

What is it that you think of when you think of a bird? How can so many different things—from ostriches to flamingoes and parrots to penguins—all be birds? Is a bird something that has feathers and flies. Is it something that has a beak and sings? Is it something that lays eggs?

Birds aren't the only animals that fly or sing. Bats can fly and people can sing. And they aren't the only animals that lay eggs. Flies, frogs and fish all do, for example.

So what is it that makes a bird a bird? What exactly is a bird?

Meet the Author

Robert Snedden has written numerous books on science and nature for children.

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