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first book of birds
on 5 April 2013
I was looking for a picture book for a very young granddaughter rather than a field guide but thought "first book" might be something that she could grow into over the next few years when she starts to read.
As a book it is OK but I question "first book".
It starts by saying "Birds are everywhere" but not all of the 35 are everywhere and some that seem to be everywhere are missing from this book. No Jackdaw or Rook but Crow, Jay and Magpie from Corvids are listed! No Dunnock to compare to House Sparrow. Buzzard seems a bit ridiculous placed as 4th bird listed.
Of 35 birds included I might expect her to see 8 for certain in our garden when she visits and may be another 5 as occasional visitors so this appears to be a book for a child who intends pursuing birdwatching across all habitats.
For me, on that basis it is not an introduction to birds themselves.