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The Burgess Bird Book for Children (Dover Children's Classics) Paperback – April 23, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Series: Dover Children's Classics
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (April 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486428400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486428406
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thornton Waldo Burgess (1874–1965) was a conservationist and author of children's stories. Thornton Waldo Burgess loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for daily columns in newspapers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I also have a colorful bird field guide that I made accessible.
T. Warren
The Burgess Bird Book For Children is especially recommended as a read-aloud tool for parents.
Midwest Book Review
They were only slightly interested until I read this book to them.
mnhmslmom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Cherie Rawlins on March 15, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Even though on the sample page online Burgess refers to the beautiful and accurate illustrations of birds - they are completely missing in this edition! It was hugely disappointing and reveals a lack of understanding about the purpose of the book in the first place. The book was intended to be an introduction to bird identification and lore for children. It is not a simple story book - not at all! Burgess' entertaining and excellent writing, of course, remains.... I have no argument with Burgess - it is simply that half his material was left out of this publication without any notation in the description of the book that the illustrations had been deleted.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By mnhmslmom on April 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been fascinated with birds since I was young. I have 5 children and wanted to pass on this love. They were only slightly interested until I read this book to them. The intermingling of story and fact is just enough to keep even my young ones interested.

Peter Rabbit is the main character. He goes around to the various habitats discovering the different birds. He wants especially to know where the nest is, and how many young they have. Jenny Wren is also a main character. She is little Miss-Know-it-All. The fact that she is characterized as somewhat "snooty" helped my kids remember that a good identifier to wrens is their upturned tails.

Recently on a bird hike we spotted a cow bird. Our instructor began to explain the cowbirds nesting habits. My children were able to help explain as they had remembered it from The Burgess Bird Book for Children. As an avid birder and a Mom that was a great thrill. A lesson learned and all from a simple story.

I recommed taking your time reading this to your children. A chapter here and there. We've been reading ours for over a year as time allows and as interests peak....especially in fall and spring as more birds migrate. I also recommend giving the kids an identifier book as you read. As soon as the name of the bird is revealed in each chapter the kids race to see who can find the bird first.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
Thornton Burgess' stories 'interview' typical birds for kids, using these interviews to teach the basics on different common birds' appearances, behavior, eating and songs. His classic appeared in 1919 to much acclaim, and Dover's economy-minded paperwork reprint offers new generations the same introduction. The Burgess Bird Book For Children is especially recommended as a read-aloud tool for parents.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen M. O'Neill on July 28, 2006
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I bought this book as a gift for a neighbor child who enjoys watching birds at the feeder between our houses. When it arrived from Amazon, I skimmed through it, and had mixed feelings. The stories are wonderful to read as an adult but seem a bit dated, and, while still an enjoyable read, may be less than engaging for many children. The illustrations are fairly interpretive and rendered in black and white, so the book doesn't function as any kind of quick reference. But as a learning tool for increasing a child's acquaintance with familiar backyard birds, it's very good. Paired with a good quick-reference field guide or chart, this could make for many happy hours of satisfied bird-watching.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Hendricks on February 25, 2008
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I bought this for CM year 1 for my son. We have tons of birds that come to our feeder and this entertaining book has given my children good insight into the days of these little creatures. I thought the cover looked very familiar and couldn't recall why it seemed so. My mother was over at my house and picked it up. She said that she had the antique hardback and had it displayed because of it's beautiful cover. While it surprised her that it was still in print, after reading some of it, I'm not surprised at all. It's a joy, giving children rich vocabulary that has been largely lost and beautiful fictional stories of the world around us. Definitely NOT twaddle!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on December 10, 2009
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The "search inside" feature of this ad shows gorgeous, color photographs of the birds; HOWEVER, the actual book's photos are in black and white! Admittingly, the photos here are more accurate than Dover's older version's drawings, but you will still need to refer to another source for color photos/drawings. If you already own an older copy, don't bother with this one! If you are buying for the first time, you will appreciate the large, clear photos, but know that they are all in black and white.
Spacing of the text is another problem I have with this publisher's version. The lines of text are too close together for easy reading. Dover's version is easier on the eyes.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ann K. Allen on April 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was quite disappointed to see that this book has no pictures in color. How to explain to a child what the bird actually looks like!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lois Butts on January 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This was one of my favorite books as a child. It is a wonderful story written with the purpose of learning about birds.
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