Instead of being primarily text with accompanying illustrations, Birds is primarily illustrations with accompanying text. In suit with this more juvenile style, Birds never attempts to define birds as a scientific family – instead it just dives into descriptions of birds’ behavior and anatomy.
Throughout the book sets of illustrations are given which display the variations between different birds – their beaks, wingspans, eggs, nests, and feeding preferences. In addition, here are a few facts that I learned from Birds.
– A pelican’s beak is larger than its stomach!
– The peacock’s long tail feathers last only through mating season.
– Birds are able to perch on limbs because when they bend their legs, their toes lock.
Conclusion. Good, but less informative than Birds of Prey.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret