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Common Backyard Birds Paperback – Illustrated, April 5, 2018

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Bright, full-color photos of beautiful birds adorn the pages of this non-fiction children's picture book. Common Backyard Birds is a photo album of common birds that you could see in your own backyard. Author and photographer Doris Dumrauf provides sharp, interesting photos and a description of what food they prefer to eat. Written in first person, the story introduces readers to North American birds, their eating habits, and lifestyles. The feathered edges on the images fade into the background color. The colorful, full-bleed background and stunning layout make for a professionally produced picture book that children, parents, and adults will enjoy reading. Every public library and school library should add this book to their shelves. 
Common Backyard Birds is an interesting book of photos of North American birds, but it also provides informative food descriptions and habitat information. Photographer and author Doris Dumrauf offers advice on what types of trees you should plant in your yard to attract these colorful birds. Dumrauf and her high-end camera must have been hiding in the shrubs, spying on the wildlife visiting her backyard in order to capture such stunning, exciting images. Add sleuth and researcher to her list of occupations as she uncovers the eating and living habitats of these winged visitors. The creative layout and a variety of image shapes add to the beauty of this sought-after book. At the back of the book, Dumrauf provides tips on how to attract more birds to your yard, such as providing water to drink and bathe, a variety of food, shelter from weather and predators, and a place to raise their young.
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The author's deep love of nature, and birds, comes through clearly on every page. Her photographs are truly stunning and give readers a close-up look at the birds they might come upon in their own backyards. She encourages youngsters to provide the basics that all birds seek - water, food and shelter - so that they too can have lots of birds visit their yards. The last two pages of the book is a "How to attract birds to your yard" tutorial with lots of good information on how to make your own backyard attractive to birds. Common Backyard Birds is a fun book that provides plenty of helpful information. Rated for K-4th grade, this book would also be good for those working on research projects about North American birds.
Quill says: A truly lovely book about backyard birds that comes to life through the beautiful photography.
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From the Back Cover

Birds are everywhere, even in your own neighborhood. Some species live year-round in North America while others migrate to Central or South America over winter.
Join award-winning wildlife photographer Doris Dumrauf as she presents some of the feathered visitors to her backyard habitat.
You, too, can attract birds to your yard if you provide them with just a few things:
*A place to feel safe

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Raccoon Creek Press; Illustrated edition (April 5, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 099767671X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0997676716
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 10 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.21 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.08 x 8.5 inches
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very limited bird knowledge.
By Debra N. on July 12, 2020
Not exactly what I was expecting. I thought it would be about a lot of birds not just a few.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bent Book
By Morgan on June 20, 2020
The book was completely bent in half and there is a crease on each page. It was a Fathers Day gift for my dad who loves bird watching. For the money I would say it’s not worth it.
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