Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Discover Science: Birds by Nicola Davies (Children's, 7 years +, Non-fiction, 9/10)

(owls are one of my favourite birds)

April 2012, Kingfisher
56 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: birds, facts, life cycles, habitats, materials, how birds fly, different wings are used in various ways, different beaks are for specific food, finding a mate

Summary from Macmillan

Discover the world of science with this sensational series for knowledge-hungry readers

Make science accessible with this essential series that will capture children’s imagination while laying the foundation for future learning. With clear, simple language and a compelling design, Discover Science gives young readers the answers to fundamental questions about animal homes, birds, light and sound and materials.

Nayuleska's thoughts
For years I've been fascinated with birds, which makes this book an ideal starting point. It examines key areas of birds - mostly about their anatomy but also about how they live. I liked the continuation of referring back to some birds for different topics. I never knew one type of birds make a nest to attract a mate using anything that's blue! If you want to find out which bird this is then you'll need to read this 9/10 read.

A mark was lost because the pages with interesting facts was placed after the glossary and notes for parents & teachers. To me a book feels 'finished' by a glossary. This is an entirely subjective personal taste. I feel that the fun facts should be before the extra info for adults, as should the quiz.

Suggested read
Another fun  nature read is The Big Green Book by Fred Pearce

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