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Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why Hardcover – March 13, 2012

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...magical... (Horn Book)

…a fun glimpse at the variety among the world's birds. (School Library Journal)

With humor and sensitivity, Judge translates the secret language of birds... (Publishers Weekly)

Delightfully straightforward and accessible. (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

The granddaughter of ornithologists, Lita Judge has listened to and observed birds ever since she was a little girl. She is also the author/illustrator of Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Flash Point (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436466
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lita is the author and illustrator for over a dozen fiction and nonfiction picture books including Born in the Wild (Roaring Brook, 2014), Flight School (Simon & Schuster, 2014) and Red Sled (S&S, 2011). Her books have received numerous awards including the Sterling North Award, the Jane Addams Honor, ALA Notable and Kirkus Best of. She enjoys teaching both writing and illustration to students of all ages and shares much about her creative process in classrooms and on her blog and website. Lita lives with her husband, two cats and a little green parrot named Beatrix in Peterborough, New Hampshire. You can visit her online at LitaJudge.net

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carey Hagan on March 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Deeply cool nonfiction for kids, with wonderful, well-placed illustrations. This book gives the perfect amount of information for most elementary-aged children: not too much, and not too little. I'd say the average reading level for this would be third to fourth grade, but it's still very appropriate for older and younger readers. Lita Judge hits all the major bases of why and how birds talk to each other: mate selection; territory guarding; pair bonding; basic greetings; parent-baby training and encouragement; parent-to-parent talk; threats; pure mimicry; and trickery. She also introduces the reader to a wide range of birds engaging in their various forms of "talk." There's a detailed bird glossary in the back; a glossary of scientific terms (e.g., breed, fledgling, flock, habitat, etc.), a good bibiliography, and an interesting author's note (see Lita as a girl with a parakeet on her shoulder). I was very impressed with this book: it's excellent, and adults can learn from it, as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sterling Librarian on April 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Looking for a fun way to teach animal adaptations? This book is perfect. It describes how a wide variety of birds use their voices and body language to attract mates, stay in touch with their young, avoid enemies, and more. BIRD TALK belongs in every elementary classroom and on the bookshelves of bird lovers young and old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Keefe on June 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Lita's love of birds came from her childhood with her ornithological grandparents. As a child she recorded bird song so she could learn it, cared for orphaned birds and has a great love of them. Her interest has resulted in this lovely book.

Bird Talk is the most beautifully illustrated bird book I have ever seen, the colourful drawings of an assortment of species from around the world are combined with informative notes on their calls and behaviour. This is a book I can't wait to buy.

Susan Keefe, Editor - Your Pets Magazine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Yes, there have been many books about birds for children (there are at least three in this batch of Cybils nominees) but this book is the definitive children's book for one aspect of birds: bird talk. Lita Judge shares all the quirky little-known information she could find with us, her readers, about where and when and how and why birds communicate. Add to the fascinating information big bold drawings of birds and you have a book that children will linger over. Wonderful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Russo on April 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The 5 year old girl I gave this book to was thrilled! She loves nature especially birds. She sleeps with the book next to her bed and looks at it everyday! When she takes a walk in the park with her parents or grandmother she tries to find as many birds as she can that are in the book. Just lovely.
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Format: Hardcover
Fascinating and informative--what and how birds communicate, primarily through verbal messages but also through body language. Also reveals the "why" of the communication, usually in order to choose a mate or to protect territory. Written in simple, easy to understand language. Up-to-date as well, including information about Alex the famous African Gray Parrot who proved scientifically that birds are not just mimics; rather, some parrots are capable of using human language meaningfully. Recognizes that many birds are extremely intelligent, on a par with dolphins and chimps. Illustrations are superb. Information for further study in back. Highly recommend.
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