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Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying…

Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators

by Jim Arnosky

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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 |
Beautifully illustrated with realistic and detailed paintings and drawings of various Raptors. The book features many pull out pages that demonstrate size and reference birds wing spans. Written as a scientific text but in a casual and approachable tone. A great classroom research book. ( )
  SaritaInce | Mar 15, 2015 |
Arnosky is a premier wildlife artist, and this book highlights his immense artistic skills. I loved the idea of a book that focuses solely on birds of prey and uses illustrations to highlight the many facets of what makes them so deadly. I have this book in my classroom, and my students love to flip through the pages and pick out the birds they like are the "coolest". ( )
  kberryman44 | Dec 6, 2014 |

Jim Arnosky is a pro at wildlife illustration and this book is no disappointment. 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".
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  Nancy.Castaldo | Nov 3, 2014 |
The book is about birds and includes incredible photographs and interesting factual information about different kinds of birds.
  laurlou | Jun 10, 2014 |
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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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