In this edition for young readers adapted from the bestselling work written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley, readers will find a unique treasure trove of fascinating facts about birds, paired with more than 300 full-color illustrations—some life-size! The extraordinary world of birds is brought to life on the page.
Did you know that many species of birds have sensory abilities that surpass those of humans? Or that some birds spend the entire winter in the air, and even sleep while flying? Have you ever wondered why birds have feathers? Or why they are a particular color? Have you noticed that some birdsong sounds like a musical scale?
Maybe you’re more interested in “how” questions: How do birds actually fly or swim? How and why do some birds migrate? How do they find food? How do they take care of their offspring?
Birds are not only beautiful and fascinating, but they also serve an essential role in our ecosystem. This book shows how birds and humans are intrinsically connected, sometimes helping and sometimes hindering each other.
Perfect for dedicated birdwatchers—or for anyone who simply delights in noticing birds in their neighborhood. Readers can explore, share, and return to the pages again and again, each time gaining a broader appreciation for our enchanting feathered friends.
About the Author
DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has contributed to Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, BirdWatching, North American Birds, and The New York Times. He is a recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Promoting the Cause of Birding from the American Birding Association and the Linnaean Society of New York's Eisenmann Medal. He lives and birds in Massachusetts.
★ “An immensely entertaining and enlightening volume that will entice both adults and children.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “A superior volume of well-researched facts and figures; a must-have for young bird nerds.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Sibley brings his adult study on the nature and behavior of birds to a younger audience. [The] arrangement [of text] into lists and the repetition of core concepts make it easy to digest, as does the book’s browsable structure. —Booklist