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Finches, barn owls--and the ubquitous pigeon--are among the many species vividly portrayed in words and pictures in this handsome avian exploration. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 3-6-- Bash has chosen 13 species of birds, from the familiar pigeon to the sleek, skyscraper-nesting peregrine falcon, to show how these creatures have successfully adapted to new city habitats. She mentions the fact that many of the birds' original environments have been destroyed by man, but is not heavy-handed in her message. In a picture-book format, the brief text gives fascinating and sometimes humorous glimpses into the birds' way of life. Imaginative book design puts the text (and readers) right into the pictures, the deep-colored illustrations reflecting both the liveliness of the birds and the stark beauty of the urban setting. City children reading Urban Roosts will begin to look at their surroundings from a new perspective. It may even lead schools to consider a new type of field trip--city birdwatching. --Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 1080L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316083127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316083126
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Bash has written and illustrated a number of books for children and adults about the natural world. She teaches workshops throughout the US, Canada and Europe exploring expressive brushwork, illustrated journaling, communication practices and the art of handwriting.
For more information about her workshops and events visit www.barbarabash.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Jackson on March 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book has been around for a while (published in 1990) but it is a wonderful and intriguing topic -- how wild birds manage to find places to live and thrill in the city. Beautiful illustrations help to tell the story of all the amazing places and ways that city birds build their nests. Text is rich in information. Any child, young or old, will find this book fascinating, but a city-dwelling child will particularly enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2000
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This book was featured on Reading Rainbow. It explains with detailed illustrations how birds live in the city. I found it an interesting subject, and so did my 18 month old child. I am sure a child of any age will enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By countrylady on October 18, 2012
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I use this in my classroom to show how animals adapt ti changes in their habitats. Pictures make it easy to use with young children or ESL students.
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Few books which I have read fuse the natural world so seamlessly with that created by humans. The author sparks her readers' imaginations and curiosity. Now as I move on foot and by car through the urban area where I live, my eyes search for signs of nesting habitat, possible places for small and large birds to perch and nest as well as those already in use. This book is great for all ages, for children who hear owls in the night from their beds across the spectrum to office workers once bored by their views from high inside tall buildings.
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