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The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of North America (Peterson Field Guides) Paperback – April 24, 2012
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Covering 300 of the most common birds in all of the United States and Canada, "The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of North America" is loaded with color photographs, drawings showing typical behaviors, range maps, an easy-to-use checklist, fun facts, and authoritative information about each bird, its vocalizations, and its habitat.
While other field guides might overwhelm kids who are new to birding, "The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of North America" was created with help from kids. Bill Thompson's own son and daughter and their elementary school classes helped select the content. Kid tested, kid approved!
BILL THOMPSON III is the editor of "Bird Watcher's Digest "and the author of "Identifying and Feeding Birds," "Hummingbirds and Butterflies," and "Identify Yourself." Bill is a highly sought-after speaker and trip leader on the birding festival circuit. He lives with his wife and their two children on eighty birdy acres in Ohio.
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The maps are especially useful, about where and when the bird is found, and the photos are very clear.
When Bill wrote the book, he got plenty of input from his son Liam, daughter Phoebe, and her 5th grade class. It shows. There is plenty of information for interested folks of all ages, but it is carefully written so as to neither patronize young readers, nor to be too far over their heads. I read my granddaughter's copy before handing it over, and there was a lot that was news to this old birder.
There are about three hundred species included, with identifying marks, information about habits, range maps and a variety of photographs, in addition to drawings by his wife, the wildlife artist Julie Zickefoose. The book is readable, portable, durable, and complete enough to satisfy most bird lovers who are interested in the birds in their backyards and local woods. It might require a bit of supplementation when the Spring and Fall migrants are moving, but in most situations it will get the job done. More importantly, it entertains as well as informs.
The author is editor of "Bird Watcher's Digest," and leads birding trips all over the world. He, Julie and the kids, are well-known in birding venues. He also plays guitar, sings and writes for The Rain Crows, a band popular in Eastern Ohio and in birding sites across America.
Disclaimer: the Thompson family are friends, but I was not asked to write this review. If I hadn't liked the book, I would simply not have written anything.
have 300 US birds in my life list, there are birds here I have never
found. So it is more of an advnced beginner book. Not necessarily for
children only. And well beyond back yard birder. They layout is ideal,
with a page for each bird. A color picture and a black and white
drawing of behavior. Seasonal plumage appears sometimes in pictures but often only in text description.
Well done! Need more of these simple guides. Many guides have too much
info. I just want to ID the bird with minimal marks.
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Accurate listings for a middle schooler or adult. A good reference, but probably too large to carry into the field. I would have liked a book with more regional listings.Published 16 days ago by readNreview
My grandson felt so grown up having this book and was so excited to look up all the birds he saw!! Perfect for a child!Published 1 month ago by gabn
This was just what I wanted. The book was full of good illustrations and information.Published 2 months ago by Jackie McLaren
This is a great guide!! I bought it for my 9 year old grandson and he takes it everywhere with him!! It has sparked a serious interest in identifying birds.Published 8 months ago by Keys4u
This is a wonderful, informative book. The young person who received this book from me rarely puts it down. Her interest and knowledge of birds has increased. Read morePublished 8 months ago by mcf