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Our Garden Birds

Our Garden Birds [Kindle Edition]

Matt Sewell
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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"An offbeat book featuring 52 charming characterful illustrations of our best-loved British birds." (BBC Wildlife)

Book Description

Unique and quirky watercolours and descriptions of 52 beloved British birds

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4117 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0091945003
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (19 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008D2TLPW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a beautiful little book that perfectly captures and brings alive the characters of 52 of our most familiar feathered friends through quirky, creative but very well-observed watercolours accompanied by amusingly written paragraphs celebrating the antics and habits of our garden birds.

Please be aware that this is not intended to be an identification guide or a technical bird book - it is more of a loving creative tribute written and painted by an artist / bird enthusiast who is clearly enchanted by the everyday encounters with birds as much as the less usual sightings, and wants to share these little birdy moments that brighten up everyday life. It's not a long read, but isn't meant to be - it began life as a weekly highlight on a blog before being collected for publishing, however once read it continues to be a book to dip into at any time and enjoy the little snapshots of bird characters. Although pocket-sized, it's a perfect art coffee table book too, my copy has pride of place!

All in all, it's a lovely gift book for anyone who is into illustration, nature, birds, art or any of Matt Sewell's other work, and will hopefully delight and amuse non-birdy-aware people as much as those who are more ornithologically inclined. I also hope that it'll get people noticing the everyday birds around them more and that can only be a good thing for their conservation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations and captions. 14 April 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beautiful, endearing unpretentious and charming. I love this book and am grateful that Matt Sewell's 'Bird of the week' water colours have been presented in this delightful book. A great gift for young and old alike and no in depth knowledge of ornithology required, just a love of art, nature and a sense of appreciation of 'our' garden birds. This will be a lasting feature on my coffee table.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This year's default birthday pressie! 12 July 2012
By Big Red
This book is lovely. Beautiful illustrations and sweet, quirky descriptions of each bird. I bought it for my husband for his birthday (he loves the normal, not extraordinary birds that are abundant in our garden) and he comes back to the book over and over. I've now bought it several times as it makes a great pressie for just about anyone.

My request is that the illustrations be available as prints or posters - they'd do really well I'm positive.

I'm sure I'll be back to buy more!

Thank you.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Artist Matt Sewell is also an avid ornithologist, and here he delineates our garden birds in his own unique style. His vibrant, almost childlike watercolours are accompanied by his distinctive pen-portraits, where the house sparrow is "as British as chip butties", the linnet is "as cute as your first crush", and the jackdaw is "often seen swaggering about like he's carrying a couple of radiators".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely charming! 17 Jan 2013
By Pippa
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An absolutely charming book that makes beginner bird spotting lots of fun! It is absolutely adored by my god daughter who received it for christmas - with a bird table it makes a great present :)

The watercolour pictures have encouraged her to try her hand at painting the birds that she sees. All in all, great book :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy for bird lovers! 2 Aug 2012
By adam
Our Garden Birds is a beautiful book full of wonderfully stylized illustrations and unique observations, it's set to be a real classic
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful book 3 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Heirloom quality illustrations - buy this book for keeping and being delighted by annually. Bought for my neice - hopeful to go in her 'to keep' box as she moves through life
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read! 14 April 2012
By Megan
This book is a vibrant and cheerful look at the birds that make our garden special. Bright, beautiful illustrations coupled with captions provides the reader with a very sweet, honest interpretation of some of the author's favourite British bird species, perfect for those who are new to ornithology. Sewell's relaxed and unassuming voice within the book is refreshing, as from the first page any fears that refined knowledge is required in order to enjoy these lovely creatures are banished. It is true to say that this book should be understood as a piece of art, making the world of birds accessible to everyone in a gentle and humorous way. I treasure my copy - it is a rare treat to read a book such as this one. Sewell helps us to see that each bird can have a personality, which shines through regardless of the fact or figure attached to them, and allows us to all relish in being surrounded by these little personalities when we are next in our garden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it is perfect for the amateurs amongst us and also for the ...
First Class, whilst it might not appeal to professional ornithologists, it is perfect for the amateurs amongst us and also for the children whom we seek to teach about God's world... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Brian Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Handy small first book for a child
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Hatter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Grandson very happy and I thought the illustrations were delightful.
Published 1 month ago by d.cordell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book
My son recommended this book and it doesn’t dissapoint.
This book is a very interesting and humorous take on Birds and their behaviour. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Gorgeous little book!

Very orginal drawings, fun descriptions, was bought this as a present and I myself bought it AS a present...loved it so much
Published 6 months ago by christine hake
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful bird book.
This book has some gorgeous illustrations inside, we use it in our pottery painting studio for customers to be inspired. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Lagor
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
beautiful illustrations of all the garden birds in a quirky style which I loved and the descriptions of them are so accurate! Can't wait to buy the song birds book too!
Published 8 months ago by buzz off
5.0 out of 5 stars Bird lover
My grandson just loves birds so this book is really good for him,lovely pictures and I am sure it will be well read,
Published 8 months ago by mary whalley
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous little book
I was lucky enough to be given this book for Christmas. Dipping into it has given me a great deal of pleasure, both for its charming, quirky watercolour illustrations and the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Canny shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal presents
What wonderful little books these are, the commentary is quirky and not too lengthy and the drawings are delightful. Make great presents for my grandchildren.
Published 9 months ago by Elaine Ratcliffe
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