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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; Pck Har/CD edition (May 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756637686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756637682
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] -- The New York Times

These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers. [Eyewitness series] -- School Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Full-color photos. "Each spread is composed of full-color photos, sketches, and explanatory text covering the anatomy, behavior, and adaptations of birds and presented in a visually appealing manner that compels further page turning. The author leads us through all that is fascinating in our study of birds at a level of writing suitable for younger readers. A fine addition to school libraries at all levels."--(starred) Science Books & Films. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My husband spotted this book prior to Christmas and I bought it for him as a gift.
K. L Sadler
Thousands of photographs of a worlwide selection of birds as well as information on migration, breeding, classification and life cycles.
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As is the case throughout the book, all of these images are in full color and of very high quality.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Juscz on October 30, 2007
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Produced in collaboration with Audubon, "Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide" (2007 by DK Publishing) deserves the highest praise for its superb presentation of birds worldwide. Containing a wide variety of representative species, excellent photographs, and a CD featuring some 60 bird songs from around the globe, this is perhaps the best general survey book available on the Class Aves.

The book consists of three chapters and the bird song CD. Whereas chapters two (nonpasserines) and three (passerines) provide basic and interesting information on the biology and geographic occurrence of selected birds representing specific bird orders and/or families, the first chapter touches on more general topics such as form, function, behavior, conservation, extinction, habitats, and ecology.

The Foreword consists of a brief, one page philosophical reflection on the significance of birds in our lives and is followed by 14 full-page images of such species as the African jacana, the European bee-eater, and the great grey owl. As is the case throughout the book, all of these images are in full color and of very high quality.

The Introduction begins with an examination of bird anatomy and physiology. Those individuals less familiar with these topics will find the explanations to be very clear and accessible. At the same time, the specialist will likely appreciate being reminded of how these topics can be distilled to a rather simplified yet informative presentation. For example, in its brief description of respiration, the text states,

"When a mammal breathes, air flows into its lungs and back out again. Bird lungs work differently: air flows straight through the lungs, via a system of air sacs, before being exhaled.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah McGrane on December 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I received this book for Christmas, and it is without a doubt, my favorite present. The scope of information presented is absolutely amazing. Birds from the entire world are summarized, along with details on migration habits, habitats, and mating. Information about each bird featured is rather brief, but this is really a visual guide (hence the title), so if you are looking for very detailed information on certain birds, your best bet would be to find a book specializing in that family of bird. The pictures are the real draw here; they are brilliant, vivid, and inspiring. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in birds, nature, and fantastic photography.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. L Sadler VINE VOICE on January 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My husband spotted this book prior to Christmas and I bought it for him as a gift. I had an ulterior motive in buying it...I wanted to look at this gorgeous book myself. As I've looked at work done by Audobon in conjunction with other authors and photographers, I knew they did excellent work not only in photography, artwork, but also in writing about birds.

My husband is a nature photographer, on the local search and rescue team, a Scoutmaster, and an avid hiker. All of this makes him very interested in birds. He always had a few of the books used by birders to spot birds, but they were hardly very useful (I looked through a few myself occasionally trying to spot a species that I had seen). This book covers so much more than those other books, and the visuals are breathtaking.

I currently have a hard time getting a chance to look at the book as my husband is poring over it, and reading the whole thing which is unusual for him. He isn't a reader like I am. So this is a good thing.

Not having a coffee table, I was never interested in the big books for putting in our living room, but I think we will be getting a small table now. This book will most definitely be residing there from now on!

A great book for so many reasons, for so many people. Highly recommended.

Karen Sadler
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lydia Joyce on January 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
...And this book is no exception. The thematic organization, the fabulous photographs, and the fascinating factoids come together to create one of the series' stronger books. It is coherently organized and presents information in an interesting and meaningful way. If you like the Eyewitness format, this is definitely one to add to your library!

(For those who are new to the Eyewitness format, it consists of thematically arranged two-page spreads of brilliant photographs on a white background. There is an intro paragraph in the upper left-hand corner, but most of the text is in the captions that go with the photographs. Generally, the biological sciences titles are the strongest in this series, since other topics often need a more organized progression of topics. You'll get a lot of information out of these books, but you won't get a systematic anaylsis.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a 9-year-old student who likes birds very much. This book my favourite mid-term present. My grandfather bought this book for me. It has colorful photos and very good informations about many species. My favourite birds are great skua, great northern diver, and peacock. It is the book I have got a massive information about these species. I am very surprised of seeing that almost all species worldwide took place in this book. Most of the books I have seen before with a title of "World Birds" contain a less number of birds.
Kuzey Cem KULACOGLU, Ankara, Turkey.
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