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The Atlas of Amazing Birds

Princeton Architectural Pr. Oct. 2019. 144p. glossary. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781616898571.
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K-Gr 4–Tackling an entire class of animals is a daunting task, but this book, neatly organized by continent, rises to the challenge. Each section has a map and a small index of species. There is a short entry with a full-color illustration for each species. Useful for projects, entries include the animals’ scientific species name and details such as size, diet, behavior, and how their environment is impacted by humans. However, information is inconsistent from one entry to the next. One entry might discuss behavior; another will not. A little bit of humor lightens the text instead of detracting from the facts. Material is given in manageable amounts and never overwhelms readers. The illustrations are accurate enough to be informative and charming enough to be more captivating than a photo. The glossary is very small, only seven words total, and there is no suggested further reading. Instead, an odd list of “suggested listening” includes songs about birds by various artists. Overall, a very readable and beautiful book.
VERDICT A must for public libraries; school libraries will likely desire more information. A charming compendium on the world’s birds.

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