The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

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A new Peterson Field Guide to 200 of the most common and interesting birds in eastern North America, written especially for kids ages eight to twelve.

Increasingly popular among all ages, birding is an especially popular family friendly activity. This fun and lively guide provides just the right amount of information for kids who have an interest in birds and want to learn more. Each of the 200 species is described on a full page packed with information and written in an ...

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Overview

A new Peterson Field Guide to 200 of the most common and interesting birds in eastern North America, written especially for kids ages eight to twelve.

Increasingly popular among all ages, birding is an especially popular family friendly activity. This fun and lively guide provides just the right amount of information for kids who have an interest in birds and want to learn more. Each of the 200 species is described on a full page packed with information and written in an engaging style."Wow!" bursts contain particularly interesting facts about each bird. Range maps are easy to read and each one includes a key, so that small hands won’t have to flip again and again to the front or back of the book. There is even a space for young birders to check off birds they have spotted and the date the species was seen. Color photographs are used for identification purposes, and black-and-white line drawings by Julie Zickefoose illustrate interesting behaviors or characteristics.

A birder since childhood, Thompson says he would have loved a book like this one when he was just getting interested in birds. Now a father of two, he spent many hours over a two-year period with his now eleven-year-old daughter’s class getting their advice on what to include in the book.

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Children's Literature - Lynn O'Connell
Two hundred birds are featured in this field guide (part of the "Peterson Field Guides" series), which is filled with detailed illustrations and age-appropriate descriptions of each bird. The book works well with elementary and middle school children who are interested in studying birds and who have the ability to get outside and sight birds. One page is devoted to each of the 200 birds and includes each bird's common name, Latin name, and size, as well as a photo of the fowl, an illustration highlighting behavior, and a map showing primary locations. The text on each page focuses on three subject areas: what to look for, what to listen for, and what to remember about the bird. Each page also features a "Wow!" inset, which features some unique fact that a child would love to know. Finally, each page also includes an opportunity for interaction—readers may check a box when they see a particular bird and then write in the date of the sighting. Besides the 200 featured birds, author Thompson begins the book with nine chapters to introduce the basics of bird-watching. For example, one chapter lists necessary bird-watching gear, such as binoculars and a field guide. Another chapter gives ten tips for bird watchers, including the art of pishing. Author Thompson is quite knowledgeable about birds, and he also involved his daughter's fifth grade class in determining the guide's content. Reviewer: Lynn O'Connell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547119342
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Series: Peterson Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

BILL THOMPSON III is the editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and the author of many books about birds. He lives in Ohio with his wife, the author and illustrator Julie Zickefoose, and their two children.

Julie Zickefoose began illustrating natural history subjects as a college freshman in 1976. Since then, her writing has been featured in Bird Watcher's Digest , on NPR's All Things Considered , and her book of illustrated essays Letters from Eden.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2011

    Great Book

    I bought this book for my 8-year-old son who is an avid bird watcher. It's a wealth of information! The photos are terrific. There's not many birds we haven't been able to find in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2009

    This field guide turned on my 11 year old granddaughter who had just begun to enjoy birding.

    Retiring to the country opened up a new window through which to see Mother Nature and her best friends, the birds. My granddaughter always wanted to wake up early when she slept over to see the birds when they arrived for their first feeding of the day. When she got a little older (now 11) she began calling me while riding in the car to tell me she saw a bird that interested her and then described the bird to see if I could identify it for her. I knew she was ready for her own field guide and I was delighted to find one written for the author's 12 year old daughter's classroom. Now my granddaughter calls to tell me exactly what birds she sees, i.e. "Nana, I just saw a 'teenager' Red-Tailed Hawk. I think he's a teenager because he still looks a little scruffy and his tail hasn't quite grown in red yet." Birding is a truly wonderful past time to share with a grandchild.

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