Synopses & Reviews
Featuring 100 species of birds from coast to coast this colorful guide helps kids identify and understand birds. The National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America
will be both accessible and tons of fun. Fifty of the country's most popular birds will be laid out in stunning two-page spreads that will include information such as their range, the sounds they make, and the food they like to eat. Each profile will also include a cool or weird fun fact, and a feature called "A Closer Look," which digs deeper into once aspect of the bird's life (eating habits, birdsongs, etc.). Each profile will also display a fact box with the bird's scientific name, weight, length, and wingspan.
Kids will also find tons of fun facts, bright and bold colors, full-color photographs, and layering of information that makes everything jump off the page. Birds will be organized by habitat, and habitat spreads will show where different birds live within each environment. The guide also explains all the basics that kids need to know about spotting birds. Features will include activities, such as how to build a birdhouse and how to build a birdfeeder, sidebars highlighting fascinating info, lists, range maps, and much more. Conservation information, a find out more section, glossary, and index will add ample back matter to round out this book.
"Alderfer offers in-depth studies of 60 birds native to North America (plus 'mini-profiles' of another 60 specimens) in a guide for nascent birders that's fairly bursting with information. The book is organized by region, and each bird's spread offers sharp color photographs, 'vital statistics' (including its call, diet, and habitat), maps of where it can be found, and other background ('During a dive, the pelican folds back its wings so they won't break, and hits the water bill-first'). Tips on building bird feeders, nests, and baths are also included; readers looking to better understand American birds from coast to coast won't be disappointed. Ages 7 9." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
JONATHAN ALDERFER, artist and editor, has contributed extensively to several editions of the National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America and co-edited the fifth edition. He has served on the Maryland/District of Columbia Bird Records Committee and as associate editor of the American Birding Association's magazine Birding. The author lives in Washington, D.C. Area.