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Summary: Readers can use this gorgeously illustrated book to bring the wilderness right into their rooms-or as a guide on their next expedition. This nonfiction picture book has pullouts to help you understand more about birds of prey.
Type of Reading: independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up
Interest Level: 8 and up
Reading Level: 5.9
Age of Child: Read with 10-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: It was almost impossible to get her to "read" the book because she was so enthralled by the illustrations.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is an amazing book. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the layout is wonderful. The fold-out pages really give you the feeling that you are up close and personal with these birds. I liked the list of places to go to see the birds, too.
Pros: Incredible illustrations will grab readers of all ages. The facts about birds and bird species are told in small bites so that you learn a lot but don't get that bogged-down textbook feeling.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a beautiful book. Even young children will recognize that it is special.
Educational Themes: There is so much you can learn about predatory birds. The introduction is a how-to guide in itself for learning how to pick a subject, research it, and then craft it into art and narrative.
Notes: A Reading Tub volunteer submitted this review.