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Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying…

Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators

by Jim Arnosky

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Illustrator/author Jim Arnosky shows readers life size illustrations in paint of large predatory birds. He calls these birds Thunderbirds after the Native American Spirit that brought thunder and lightning. His illustrations are accompanied by scientific information about the birds habits, physical appearance, and insight from his visits studying these birds in their natural habitat and in sanctuaries. Information is put into a narrative format, adding an element of story to the learning process.
  emifoltz | Aug 13, 2015 |
Great Illustrations! I learned so many things about predator birds with this book.
  LBraaten | Jun 8, 2015 |
A What a great book! The pictures are amazing. The facts are presented in a kid-friendly format and reading level. Kids will love the layout and the fold out pages that bring the birds to life.
  burtmiller | Jun 6, 2015 |
In Thunder Birds, Arnosky has chosen to highlight the biggest and strongest of birds. He mixes his wonderful personal narrative with fold-out life size illustrations that will thoroughly engage readers, both young and old. This book will definitely inspire readers to grab a pair of binoculars and search out their own "thunder birds".
  ThisIsNotSophie | Jun 3, 2015 |
I like the balance between realistic for older children because they start to grow out of goofy characters and simple rhymes and move into more realistic things. Book are no exception and the Thunder Birds are a great way to get children interested in birds because of the facts mentioned in the book such as it illustrates how different the sizes of the wings can be and all the different types like falcons, hawks and eagles. One for the growing bird enthusiast.
  josephumana | Mar 15, 2015 |
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This expository text describes a great number of amazing birds.  It even includes full size, fold-out pictures of the birds, some of whom have wing spans of great lengths.  It would be a fantastic resource when doing a lesson on birds.
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The author describes and identifies winged predators, and explains why there are no feathers on a vulture's head, which bird is the deep-diving champ, and what makes an owl's wings perfectly silent in flight, in a text with fold-out pages.

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