Bird Talk

Bird Talk

What Birds Are Saying and Why

Book - 2011
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A gorgeously illustrated tribute to birds of all kinds and the fantastic, funny, fascinating things that they do.

Birds have lots of ways of communicating: They sing and talk, dance and drum, cuddle and fight. But what does all of the bird talk mean?
Filled with gorgeous illustrations, this fascinating picture book takes a look at the secret life of birds in a child-friendly format that is sure to appeal to readers of all ages - whether they're die-hard bird-watchers or just curious about the creatures in their own backyards.

Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596436466
Branch Call Number: J 598 .1594 JUD
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill


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Jan 15, 2018

A simple yet great exploration of bird communication and details of their geographical habitats and range. Excellent for the growing bird lover written by someone who grew with ornithologist grandparents! A delightful way to engage young minds with the fascinating world of bird speak.

KRockstar10 Jul 10, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this nonfiction picture book. The illustrations are beautiful and I really liked the information that was given, and the way the author broke it down.

Feb 04, 2014

Fascinating and informative. About how birds communicate, primarily through verbal messages but also through body language. Also reveals the "why" of the communication, usually in order to choose a mate or to protect territory. Written in simple, easy to understand language. Up-to-date as well, including information about Alex the famous African Gray Parrot who proved scientifically that birds are not just mimics; rather, some parrots are capable of using human language meaningfully. Recognizes that many birds are extremely intelligent, on a par with dolphins and chimps. Excellent illustrations plus additional information in back. Highly recommend.


Like a written companion to the documentary Winged Migration Judge's title takes the wide swath of ornithology as a whole and breaks it down into small bite-sized pieces that kids can both read and enjoy. Lovely as a document, useful as a book, and a definite boon to the bird-lovers amongst us, count on Bird Talk to encourage just that. A whole lotta talking about birds.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 10


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How much do you really know about birds? They're our neighbors, after all. Even if you live in the most busting of metropolises, you're bound to catch a glimpse of them here or there. Yet are they the brainless twittering nobodies we sometimes take them to be or is there something else at work? Are they, in fact, capable of communication? Turning her attention to twenty-eight different kinds of birds, Ms. Judge separates her book into the ways birds choose to stand out amongst one another, how they greet each other, how they find one another, how they protect one another, encourage each other, listen, and learn. Accompanied by Ms. Judge's gorgeous lush watercolors, kids get short sweet glimpses into the lives of birds, common and otherwise. Back matter includes a listing of the birds in this book (with additional information about their habitats and geographical locations), a Glossary, References, a Web Site, and an Author's Note that explains how Ms. Judge came to write her book.


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