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Birdology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds

Review

Birdology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds

Written by Monica Russo with photographs by Kevin Byron.

We have a birdfeeder in our backyard where we’ve attracted cardinals, red-winged black birds, robins, finches, blue jays, doves and even mallard ducks. I wouldn’t consider myself a birdwatcher, but I enjoy watching the many different species of birds as they come to eat the seeds we give them. I therefore thought I would enjoy reading this book, and I did!

It is jam-packed, from cover to cover, with fascinating information, facts and tidbits about birds. You’ll learn about wing shapes and beak shapes, coloring and habitat and food and survival, among other things.

I really enjoyed reading this book; the text is highly informative yet the writing style is highly readable.

The text is broken up with beautiful color photos taken by Kevin Byron, as well as drawings of birds, text boxes with little facts and tidbits, and 30 different bird-related activities for kids.

The author includes several extras at the end of the book --- a glossary of words used throughout the text; a list of bird orders; a list of common and scientific names for birds; a list of resources used when compiling the text; a teacher’s guide; a bibliography and an index.

I really enjoyed reading this book; the text is highly informative yet the writing style is highly readable. This would be a great book to use in the classroom to supplement a unit on birds or simply to sit down and read for pleasure.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on January 12, 2015

Birdology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds
Written by Monica Russo with photographs by Kevin Byron.