From School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-An in-depth look at the process, the types of patterns, and the research that has helped us to understand how and why birds migrate. Lerner concerns herself with the birds of the Americas and uses specific examples to explain partial migration, migration within continents, east-west migration, and other patterns of seasonal movement. The birds mentioned are illustrated in crisp, realistic paintings, and a map shows their summer, winter, and year-round ranges. Other pictures and diagrams clarify flight and gliding patterns as well as experiments performed by ornithologists. With current nonfiction books so often broken into "fact-bites," it is a pleasure to find an attractively illustrated book that offers young readers the opportunity to delve into a fascinating topic. Children who read the book straight through will come away with a comprehensive view of bird migration, but there is an index for those interested in particular species. Suggestions for field guides and bird-watching are appended. A sterling addition to library collections.
Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ
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Gr. 3-6. Lerner follows up her fine books Backyard Birds of Summer
(1996) and Backyard Birds of Winter
(1994) with another well-researched book, this one on the migration of birds living in the Americas, particularly in North America. Topics include why birds migrate, how they find their way, how geography influences their routes, how scientists study migration, and how rain forest destruction in Latin America affects bird populations in the eastern woodlands of North America. Lerner illustrates the clearly written discussions with precise, delicate paintings of birds as well as maps of migratory routes. A good mix of art and text that will both intrigue and satisfy a wide age range. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved