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Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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2009 ALA Notable
Named to 2008 School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year List
2008 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award
*This is a splendid example of Arnosky's skill at making natural history come alive for young readers.” -Kirkus (starred review)
2009 Parents' Choice List of Recommended Titles
“Arnosky's painterly eye and personal observations match handsomely in this face-to-face experience…outstanding acrylics.” -School Library Journal (Starred Review)
About the Author
Jim Arnosky is an award-winning author/illustrator of more than 100 books for young readers, many of which have collected many starred reviews. Jim lives in Vermont, but travels all over the U.S. for school and library visits. Visit jimarnosky.com to learn more.
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From the powerful (and sharp) talons of the eagle, to the stabbing beaks of herons, these birds create striking images in our minds. Arnosky's illustrations are the best part of this book. The fold-outs are particularly striking as they show some of these birds at their actual size. In addition to the illustrations, Arnosky provides a glimpse into some of his own experiences with these birds including, watching black vultures tear apart an eight-foot alligator and an owl brushing by in the dark of night without making a sound. A fine book for sharing with groups large and small.
When we saw his latest book, we were captivated by the imposing bird on the cover.This book is devoted entirely to nature's flying predators - large birds of prey in all their splendor. The book begins with a feature on eagles, hawks, and falcons with a large fold out format that enables readers to appreciate the resplendent beauty of these amazing birds. I liked how Arnosky provides little anecdotes regarding his encounter with certain birds which makes it even more personal and engaging. Arnosky also provides readers with the actual measurements of the birds which enables us to imagine how truly magnificent these creatures are.
The illustrations are breath-taking to say the least. My daughter's favorite were the depictions of the owls, and she was especially happy to see her favorite, the snowy owl peering out at her (she's a great fan of Hedwig, the snowy owl from the Harry Potter movies). Next on the list are vultures, and though I am not a fan of these birds, I enjoyed reading about them, and discovered that the reason vultures usually feed where they find carrion is because their feet are not strong enough to lift things.
Herons and egrets are featured next with plenty of visually appealing and realistic paintings of these elegant creatures. My husband's favorites, the pelicans are also featured in here with an impressive fold-out featuring the American White Pelican and also the Brown Pelican. Having had close encounters with these amazing birds, we truly enjoyed reading about them.
Loons, cormorants, gannets, and osprey are displayed in full color glory and in little, detailed pencil sketches. The author-illustrator mentions that the life-size paintings in the book are done in acrylic paint and white chalk pencil. I loved that Arnosky lists the places where these amazing birds can be found, and I hope to make it to some of these places with my family someday.