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The Little Big Book of Birds Hardcover – April 24, 2007

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About the Author

Lena Tabori (Editor) is the Publisher of Welcome Books. She has edited various titles in The Little Big Book series, including The Little Big Book of Dogs, The Little Big Book for Moms, The Little Big Book of California, and most recently, The Little Big Book of Comfort Food.

Natasha Tabori Fried (Editor) is Managing Editor at Welcome Books. She has edited various projects including The Little Big Book of Life, The Little Big Book of Roses, The Little Big Book of California, and The Little Big Book of America. Her favorite spot to watch birds is in New York City's Central Park.

Kenn Kaufman (Introduction) is legendary for his work in modern ornithology, birdwatching, and contemporary North American field guides. Kaufman is a vocal advocate for wildlife habitat conservation, and has devoted his life to promoting the appreciation of nature through his books, public speaking, photography, and paintings. Kaufman is the author of Lives of North American Birds, Kaufman Focus Guides: Birds of North America, Field Guide to Advanced Birding, and a memoir, Kingbird Highway.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599620235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599620237
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LENA TABORI is the founder of Welcome Enterprises and is currently Welcome's CEO and the Publisher of Welcome Books, the imprint under which the company publishes illustrated books.

She began her career in 1967 at Harry N. Abrams, leaving there is 1980 as their first female vice president (VP, Marketing and Special Sales). It was also the place she began her own editorial book development. At Abrams, she developed and edited MASAAI, by photographer Carol Beckwith, as well as putting together the NORMAN ROCKWELL'S CHRISTMAS BOOK. She also created a gift line called Abrams Artpapers and was responsible for organizing the hugely successful licensing program for GNOMES, a book which sold close to two million copies.

She left to create Welcome Enterprises as well as to co-found Stewart, Tabori & Chang, the illustrated book publisher (where she only remained until 1982). From 1982 to 1990, she largely devoted herself to creating books at Welcome and selling them to publishers, including Judith Levy's best-selling GRANDMOTHER REMEMBERS (Stewart, Tabori & Chang); the award-winning GLORIOUS AMERICAN FOOD by Christopher Idone (Random House); and LOVE: A CELEBRATION IN ART AND LITERATURE, which she co-edited with Jane Lahr (STC). She also produced for television an animated special for ABC television, Ziggy's Gift, based on the Tom Wilson cartoon character and directed by Richard Williams. For her role as producer and executive producer of Ziggy's Gift, she was awarded an Emmy in 1983.

In 1987, Welcome began packaging books for Turner Broadcasting and she was closely involved in the development of their publishing division, for which she negotiated a distribution deal with Andrews McMeel in 1989. For Turner, she personally conceived edited and produced Kisses and MGM: When the Lion Roars which was written by Peter Hay.

In 1991, Lena moved to San Francisco to become president and publisher of CollinsPublishersSanFrancisco. During the year and a half she spent there, Lena created fifty new titles, including A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HOLLYWOOD. In 1993, she returned to Stewart, Tabori & Chang as their president and publisher. During the next four years, she published more than 200 new titles; created a gift line of calendars, journals, and albums; and more than doubled STC's revenues, making it once again one of the most significant illustrated book publishers in the United States.

In 1997, Lena returned to Welcome full-time and she and her partner Clark Wakabayashi made Welcome Books their official publishing imprint. In 2005, she arranged for Welcome Books to be distributed by Random House. She also co-created the first two titles in the successful LITTLE BIG BOOK series: THE LITTLE BIG BOOK OF CHRISTMAS (with Alice Wong) and THE LITTLE BIG BOOK OF LOVE (with Natasha Fried), which were both published by William Morrow. Since then, Lena has been the co-editor of many of the subsequent LITTLE BIG BOOKS, including MOMS and DADS, all published by Welcome Books. There are now a total of 27, only a few of which are out of print.

A native of Sweden, Lena lives in East Hampton and New York with Frank Rehor. She has two daughters, Natasha and Katrina, both of whom left television careers to become partners at Welcome Books.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Moretti on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I first saw this book in Barnes and Noble and of course wrote it down and went home to order it from Amazon....I love birds but I am in no way a professional anything when it comes to birds-I just love to feed them in my backyard and see how many different kinds come everyday. This book is worth the price of admission for the beautiful artwork alone-not to mention the poetry and useful information about everything from binoculars to feeding the birds to what to plant in your yard to attract more birds.....but it is so much more than the usual books about backyard birds....If you love birds of any kind you will love this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild on June 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There have been many books published over the years which have attempted to give an overview of what Birds ,Birdwatching and Birding is all about. Although many are pretty good;none do a better job of giving an idea of all that it entails;particularly for someone just getting interested or even if they have had a passing interest for years. It would also be of interest for someone who has been "Birdwatching "for many years.
There are so many forms that Birding takes,that only a book like this is able to get it across. Under the Editorial you get a pretty good idea of the subjects covered.You might wonder how so many topics can be covered in such a "little big book". The anser to that,is that the coverage is very brief;but in enough detail to get the ideas across.
I am what one might call an "Avid" Birder or Birdwatcher.It has been a deep interest to me for 20 years,I have seen nearly 600 birds (Species) in North America, 400 in Ontario alone. As I am somewhat of a Bibliophile (book lover)as well;over that time I have accumulated over 1000 books on Birds and related Natural History. You might wonder how there could be so many.Well,as you glance through this book you will see many names and the mention of many books .I have books about,or by and most of these people and subjects.
I mention this ,because if someone were to ask me to suggest one book ,written in a simple way,that tells all about "birds and birdwatching";this would be ,without any hesitation ,the one book I would recommend.
This book is one that I would tend to call "An edited Book" .Generally speaking,I am not too impressed with them ,for the simple reason many are simply a gathering up of a bunch of "stuff" by one person or a group,packaged up,and published.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smackshoe on February 13, 2008
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This book is absolutely beautiful! I bought for next christmas as soon as I saw it. The illustrations are exquisite with different types of commentaries that are very interesting. Anyone who loves birds would love this book.
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