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Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators

by Jim Arnosky

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Thunder Birds is a wonderful overview of the large birds that reside in North America. It delves into eating habits and habitats, hunting practices, as well as size and wingspan. The foldout pages with life size bird heads are a great addition for this book and make it even more interesting for the reader. ( )
  childrenslitpdx | Mar 13, 2016 |
This is an excellent non fiction book about birds of prey, which Jim Arnosky creates usingn acrylic paint and white chalk pencil. The illulstrations are amazing and through the design of the book the author actually draws some of the birds in life size by using fold out pages. In addition to the amazing illustrations the book is packed with information on these birds of prey including how these birds use their talons, what each type typically eat, their habitats, and other interesting facts about the birds . This would make an excellent addition to any classroom study of animals, habitats, or predator/prey relationships.
  Keinhorn | Mar 12, 2016 |
From a bird's lover perspective this book is genius. The photography will make children feel inevitable attracted to the detailed pictures. The information is well organized and does more than its job at providing well educational information on these species. What i particularly loved about this book were the small details it carried such as measurements and categories.
  jenmarin09 | Dec 6, 2015 |
This is a well illustrated book which identifies flying predators. It describes owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, herons, pelicans, etc. with fold-out pages to demonstrate life size parts.Illustrations are done with acrylics and white chalk pencils. Text and pictures keeps ones attention. Great for science, read aloud, and discussions.
  JuliannOlson2015 | Nov 30, 2015 |
This is a really beautiful book. I would say that it's really all about the amazing illustrations by Jim Arnosky. The book looks at many different birds of prey and shows the elements and features that make them unique. I loved the fold out pages so you could understand the scale of their size. I also loved the detail he went into when describing their different parts (claws, beak etc.). We are doing a birds of prey until in the winter and I'll buy this book for sure to have my kids look at. There is some great information and amazing pictures they would love. ( )
  LaurenCollins85 | Nov 24, 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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