North America has almost three billion fewer birds now than it had fifty years ago. It may be hard to believe, but birds are in danger, and they are calling for our help. Sadly, humans are often the source of the harm! What can we do to help save them?
In simple yet compelling language, Melissa Stewart showcases twelve North American birds, from the familiar eastern bluebird to the rare Kirtland’s warbler. Her clear narrative shows the threats these birds face, and informative sidebars describe a wide variety of efforts to save them.
In addition, remarkable full-color illustrations vividly and accurately depict the birds within the ecosystems that support their survival. Range maps and additional bird facts are also included.
This nonfiction picture book is part of the prize-winning A Place for… series designed to inform young readers about a wide range of environmental issues and to present ways people can help protect animals and their natural habitats. An ideal choice for young birders, scientists, environmentalists, and nature lovers.
“An accessible introduction to environmental issues…effective and engaging… Bond’s acrylic illustrations depict realistic scenes with a crisp vibrancy. Put this one in the hands of budding scientists, environmentalists and nature lovers.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Well organized and laid out and should make for a useful prompt for discussing human effects on the environment: statements about the problems birds encounter are accompanied by handsome, realistic paintings.” ―School Library Journal
“A useful addition to science collections.” ―Booklist
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2010
CCBC Choices (The Natural World) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2010
Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2010
Green Earth Book Award (Honor Book, Picture Book) ―Newton Marasco Foundation, 2010
NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2010
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2009
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Chicago Public Library, 2009
Keystone to Reading Book Award (Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2010-2011
AR Level: 5.2
Themes: Birds, Biodiversity, Environment, Habitats, Life Cycles
BISAC 1: JNF037020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
BISAC 2: JNF051100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems
BISAC 3: JNF003030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds