Monday, March 23, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: A Place for Birds

With spring officially here, well at least by calendar standards (sorry to all of you that still have snow), I thought a book on birds was quite appropriate for this week. They've started showing up at my house and hopefully soon they'll be showing up at yours!

A Place for Birds is written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond. This simple, educational book, introduces kids to the manner in which the actions of people can positively or negatively affect birds and their habitats. We get to meet all sorts of different species of birds and the way they live, from the Bald Eagle to the Common Murre, from the Crested Honeycreeper to the Florida Scrub Jay. Each bird has its own full illustration, inside its habitat.

Facts are given about how people affect birds, whether it be by building them nesting boxes or protecting natural areas, and a small fact box on the page explains more about each specific bird. Located at the end of the book is a list of facts on how kids can help birds and how we can help birds help us.

The illustrations really bring the eco-systems to life and the beauty of the birds makes a huge impact. This would be an excellent title for all library shelves, as it is fun and educational, with great illustrations and relevant, yet simple information.

To learn more or to purchase, click on book cover above to link to Amazon.

A Place for Birds
Melissa Stewart
32 pages
Juvenile Non-fiction
March 2009

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