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Author: Jim Arnosky

Illustrator: Jim Arnosky

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Publisher: Sterling,

Material: hard cover

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.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a beautiful book. Even young children will recognize that it is special.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TAKE A BACKYARD BIRD WALK (Talk a Walk Book Series)   A NEST FOR CELESTE; A Story about Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home   PROWLING THE SEAS: EXPLORING THE HIDDEN WORLD OF OCEAN PREDATORS

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.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animals, nature, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2013

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