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The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of Eastern North America (Peterson Field Guides) Paperback – April 30, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Peterson Field Guides
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547119348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547119342
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 4.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About 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.


More About the Author

BILL THOMPSON III is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest and the author of the Peterson Field Guide Young Birder's Guide to Birds of Eastern North America and Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Birding Identification Challenges. He lives with his wife, author and illustrator Julie Zickefoose, and their two children in Ohio.

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Even adults can learn from this book.
S. Arsenis
It helped us find birds based on their habitats and offered 'fun facts' on each species.
carol p
My twin 4+ year olds love it and read it constantly on car rides.
B. Hiller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Hiller on August 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great bird book for youngsters. It has excellent pictures, wonderful illustrations, and perfect age appropriate descriptions. Give this to your children and extend the life of your own bird books! My twin 4+ year olds love it and read it constantly on car rides. They have become especially fond of using the space provide for recording what species they have seen and where. They did realize there were species missing (the book covers the 200 most common) but understand why and have yet to see much that is not found in "their" bird book.
I highly recommend this book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Arsenis on July 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
My son is 6 and we read this book together. The "gross" facts make it interesting for kids, especially boys. Even adults can learn from this book. It gives incentive for kids to get OUTSIDE!!!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. Arnold on December 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
My five year old is fascinated with birds, and this book is perfect. He like to be read from it every night, marks the birds he sees, and spend time looking through the pictures and maps.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Wilson on April 6, 2011
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My daughter is nearly four and is always asking to look at our Peterson Field Guide to Eastern North American birds. Because she is so fascinated by the "grown-up" version, buying this "Young Birder's Guide" was a no-brainer.

She LOVES it.

It's very similar in size to the "real" guide and is very informative, full of great pictures. Each page contains photographs of the bird as well as an artist's ink drawing.

Sections for each bird usually include:

- a picture of both male and female
- "Look For" (a general description of the bird)
- "Listen For" (the sound it makes)
- "Remember" (a helpful note to make a correct identification)
- "Wow!" (fun fact about the bird)
- "Find It" (location and habitat info, along with a map)

The book also includes sections at the beginning about how to get started in bird watching, helpful gear, as well as a section on the importance of conservation.

This is a great book that I'm so pleased my daughter enjoys. If she likes it this much and she's not even four, I can't wait until she learns to read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By krack on April 5, 2012
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We had borrowed this book from the local library I can't even tell you how many times. Had to buy it because the weather is changing, and so are the species of birds in a our yard. Very informative, and easy to understand for my 4 1/2 year old twins. Bird watching has become a family affair in our house thanks to the help of this handy field guide!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carol p on December 28, 2011
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I bought this book to help me teach a birding class to adults with developmental disabilities. It was a great hit with them. The photos are clear and easily recognizable. The book is small, compact and can easily be placed in a pocket for traveling through fields and woods. It helped us find birds based on their habitats and offered 'fun facts' on each species. I'd recommend this book to anyone starting out on their first birding mission. =)
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