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The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs

The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs

Andrea Pinnington
Fine Feather Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781908489258

There's nothing sweeter or more calming then listening to bird song. But the ability to identify a bird by its warbles and twitters is a skill that is dying out. Designed as a book suitable for young children, The little book of Garden Bird Songs is a unique board book with a tuneful twist, enabling a younger generation to enjoy the sounds they hear in the garden.

Twelve common British birds are featured - Greenfinch, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Great Tit, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Robin and Wren as well as a recording of their bird song. Quality sound recordings enable the reader to match the bird song with the birds they might see on their bird feeder.

Once the reader is familiar with these songs, they can explore the fascinating bird facts and photographs. Each bird is presented on a double page spread with its Latin name and a general description. More detailed information about where the bird can be found; what it feeds on; where it nests; how many eggs it lays; the differences between males and females and its size creates an interesting bird profile.

Did you know that the Dunnock has a high musical warble which can be heard throughout the year? It can be found in hedgerows, woods and gardens feeding on spiders, worms and seeds. The slightly smaller Blackcap has a very musical song, but it much shyer than the Dunnock. The Blackcap migrates south in the winter but in the summer can be found in woods and heaths, building nests in bushes and undergrowth. An increasingly common little bird is the Goldfinch. It looks smart with its red face and yellow wing stripes; its song is a high pitched chatter. Did you know that a flock of Goldfinches is called a charm? All this information and more can be found in the The little book of Garden Bird Songs.

With this wonderful guide you'll be able to play the bird songs again and again until they can be learnt. Photographs, the birds' song and notes on their leafy habitat help make them easy to identify. It's the perfect compendium for a woodland walk, whilst watching birds in the park or viewing birds visiting a garden bird table.

Although this book is suitable and robust enough for younger children, it will be loved by older children and adults alike, appealing to all ages.

26 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Emily Beale, librarian


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