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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Series: Place for
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; 1 edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561454745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561454747
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—In an attractive picture-book format similar to that of A Place for Butterflies (Peachtree, 2006), Stewart and Bond describe ways that human behavior interferes with bird survival in specific situations and suggest simple means of solving each problem ("When people create new grassy areas, birds can live and grow"). Realistic double-page acrylic paintings feature a particular species living in the depicted environment. Piping plovers, hermit thrushes, bald eagles, and others—some encountered across the United States, others familiar in much smaller regions—appear here. Brief text running across the top of each scene begins with the problem on the left-hand page and states a counter measure on the right; an inset provides a small portrait of the bird introduced in the larger view and a bit of information about its needs. Two final entries comment on the importance of these creatures to other living things and suggest bird-helping activities for children. Maps of North America and Hawaii, each indicating the habitat range for one of the species, appear on the endpapers. Constructed as a set of conservation lessons with minimal information about the birds or their habitation, this title will most likely find use in sparking classroom discussion.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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From Booklist

In the lovely jacket art that graces this book, a bird flies across a cityscape at sunset. The image is appropriate for a book that asks readers to consider the ways in which people’s choices affect the lives of North American birds. A typical double-page spread introduces a species in a colorful acrylic painting accompanied by a few lines of text on the left-hand page. One section tells that piping plovers’ eggs blend into the coastal sand where they are laid, making them vulnerable to unwary people on the beach. Above the illustration, three sentences broaden the concept and explain how people can help, ending with “When people set aside and protect parts of the beach, birds can live and grow.” Other pages suggest building nesting boxes, using less oil, and restoring wildlife habitats. A bibliography is appended. On the end papers, small maps indicate the range of the 24 birds mentioned. With its emphasis on conservation, this is a useful addition to science collections. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

Melissa Stewart has written more than 100 science books for young readers. While gathering information for her books, Melissa has hiked in tropical rain forests, gone on safari in Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. She can't imagine any better job! Visit Melissa's website at www.melissa-stewart.com or track her at twitter.com/mstewartscience.

Customer Reviews

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The illustrations are beautiful and realistic.
Young Mensan BookParade
The end of the book looks at ways readers can help birds in their own neighborhoods.
Joannie Duris
Both books contain endpapers with twelve maps showing the range of various species.
Paul Camp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Wildwood on March 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Written by award-winning children's science author and naturalist Melissa Stewart, A PLACE FOR BIRDS is a real treat. Well-researched and factual, this gently cautionary but optimistic book is aesthetically appealing, with gorgeous, naturalistic, full-color paintings by renowned illustrator Higgins Bond (A PLACE FOR BUTTERFLIES, with Melissa Stewart). In simple yet compelling language, the author explores the impact of human activity on the avian environment. From the Great Blue Heron to the Eastern Bluebird, to the rare Hawaiian Honeycreeper, and America's symbol, the majestic Bald Eagle, a selection of twelve North American birds is presented, with specific information contained in insets further describing each bird and its particular survival issues. At the end, young readers are offered examples of what they can do to help in their own neighborhoods, schools and communities so that "birds can live and grow." Also included are easy-to-interpret color maps defining each bird's habitat and range. Children and adults alike will thrill to this informative and visually stunning book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Riley on February 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Melissa Stewart's A PLACE FOR BIRDS is a striking book, and my granddaughter loves it! Each page has a beautiful illustration with a sentence or two that is clear and rhythmic and easily understood by even young children. There is also a side bar with interesting and significant facts which can be shared with children who are a little older. I appreciated that the author was not heavy handed in her presentation. She discusses the effects (both good and bad) that our actions have on the birds, and she maintains a very positive approach. For every ecological or environmental concern she raises, she tells something that is being done to help eliminate the problem. She presents concrete things children can do to help make our world "a place where birds can live and grow." I'm sure this is a wonderful book for a classroom setting, but it is equally appropriate in the home, and I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with my granddaughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on April 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
review by Connor C., age 7, Boston Mensa

A Place for Birds is a nonfiction book that gives you solutions to problems that harm birds. I love this book. It tells you how you can help birds and gives you information about them.
The illustrations are beautiful and realistic. The writing has very interesting facts. I learned a lot of things like “…natural wildfires regularly burned the land, keeping the plant growth under control.” That helped birds that need open woodlands. People started putting out the fires but the birds didn’t have open space anymore because the plants were crowded.
In the front and back of the book, there are maps that show where different kinds of birds live. You can find a bird and look through the maps to see if it lives where you are. I like seeing what states the birds are in.
Every page has extra information on the side that tells you more about the bird on that page.
Kids who want to save the environment and love animals will love this book. Young kids would like the easy language and pictures. Older kids would like all the information, maps, facts, and the projects and suggestions to help birds.
Birds are beautiful. I love their songs and it’s so cool watching them fly. Birds have lived on earth for more than 150 million years. On the first page, the book says, “If we work together to help these amazing winged creatures, there will always be a place for birds.” I really hope that there will always be a place for birds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Camp on July 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Melissa Stewart's _A Place for Birds_ (2009) follows the same general format as her excellent _A Place for Bats_ (2012). Both books are written in a kind of "split text" format, and both are illustrated by the estimable Higgins Bond in a sharp, realistic style of painting. Both books contain endpapers with twelve maps showing the range of various species. But with the bats book, the focus was mainly on the southeastern United States. With the birds book, the species is more of a cross- country selection. I found six species that were definitely from my home state of Tennessee: the great blue heron, the Eastern bluebird, the hermit thrush, the northern cardinal, the grasshopper sparrow, and the bald eagle. There were a couple that looked like they might pass through some of the time, but I couldn't be sure. The crested honeycreeper was clearly from Hawaii. The rare Kirtland's Warbler is still found either in the Bahamas or far to the north. And the Piping Plover is well out of Tennessee. But what about the spotted owl? It is to the west, now. But might it not one day move eastward? Who can say?

The main text is on general information about birds, their nesting places, and their migration patterns. It gives general information about how we can help birds survive. The subtext gives more specific information: how DDT affected the bald eagle, how the _Exxon Valdez_ oil spill hurt the common murre, how dimming city lights in Chicago helped migrating birds, and how protecting forests helped the spotted owl.

There is a good bibliography. Highly recommended.
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