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Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Birds Hardcover – April 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st American ed edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689801998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689801990
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Gr. 4^-7. This well-organized encyclopedia is just what the young researcher or browser needs to be introduced to the many kinds of birds populating the planet. Arranged by groups, such as seabirds, songbirds, and ground birds, the various sections describe some of the birds in a category and then focus on one bird from that group. The chapter on songbirds, for example, zeros in on crows, probably the most intelligent of all birds. For the most part, these are thumbnail sketches that include scientific name, size, habitat, and brief description. Most of the illustrations are color drawings, with a few color photographs sprinkled here and there. Female species are often described but are not as well represented in the illustrations as the more colorful males. From beaks to feathers, this is a well-written introduction for the beginner. Denia Hester

From Kirkus Reviews

A glossy introduction to birds that loosely groups the 20 orders of living birds into seven chapters: ``Ground and Game Birds,'' ``Seabirds,'' ``Waterbirds and Cranes,'' ``Wading Birds,'' ``Owls and Birds of Prey,'' ``Birds of the Trees and Masters of the Air,'' and ``Songbirds.'' Within each chapter Johnson provides an introductory page on how the birds live, boxes illustrating typical beaks and feet, and a chart of the main families. She then devotes a few spreads to a ``catalog of birds'': Six or seven colored boxes each contain a drawing (not to scale) of a bird with a sentence or two about it, its scientific name, size, and place of origin. Focus sections in each chapter attempt to look in greater detail at particular groups. The index offers access to the birds only by their common names. The full-color illustrations and photos, in a variety of styles, lack the cohesion and detail Richard Orr brought to Barbara Taylor's superior The Bird Atlas (1993); this production is handsome but superficial. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My son is an avid animal lover. He finds this book to be fascinating. He has checked it out of the school library and keeps renewing it to explore new birds. The book has beautiful color pictures of loads of common and uncommon birds grouped by category (i.e. waterbirds, songbirds, seabirds, owls, etc.). This book is very well done and perfect for the elementary school child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on April 24, 2009
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My kids liked the pictures, presentation. They have the three other books in this series and enjoy them. We were all puzzled to find, though, many common birds that my children specifically looked for were left out.
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I share these books with children and I have never met a one that was not inspired to turn the pages looking to explore more.
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By BB on September 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Our grandson is 2 1/2 and fascinated with the different kinds of birds. This was the perfect book to let him see them and also understand more about them. It will serve him as an excellent reference for the next 5 - 8 years.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2002
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My daughter would check this book out of the library on a regular basis. She loves this book and asked for it for Christmas, but I didn't think we could get it since it was out of print. I was so happy to be able to buy it used (although it looks absolutely brand new) and the photos are wonderful. She gets lots of enjoyment out of this book.
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