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Bird (DK Eyewitness Books) Hardcover – May 5, 2008
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Kuzey Cem KULACOGLU, Ankara, Turkey.
(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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I got this book to supplement our Zoology I study by Apologia. There is no way that this book could replace a textbook because of its layout and back and forth flow BUT, it has... Read morePublished 14 months ago by PRichmond
This book exceeded my expectations. I have seen other Eyewitness books and am always amazed at the pictures, information, and quality of the product. Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Eydie Bowles
Much larger and more inclusive than I imagined. The hardbound book is very sturdy.
The photos are awe inspiring. Read more
I got this book for my 4 year old daughter who is going through a big "bird phase" in her life. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Katherine Chan
The books that DK (Dorling Kindersley) publishes are always marvelous feasts for the eye. They're the sort of volumes that my little town's library never allowed anyone to check... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by C. L. Wms
We go to it all the time...has all the info we need to learn and explore the new birds we come across.Published on May 5, 2013 by Karen Olenick
This book really hasn't captured my 8 year old's attention the way that I hoped. Her main problem with it is that some of the pictures are "kinda creepy", and she worried... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by RainyMom
We are both birders. One with a serious life list and one just along for the fun of it. But we both have enjoyed the knowledge from this book and the beautiful way it is presented. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Diana~