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Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying…

Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators

by Jim Arnosky

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Summary of Book: This book details nature's flying predators. It includes everything from Hawks and Vultures to Owls and Gannets. The author provides specific information on every type of bird with factual information. He also gives his opinion and even shares with the reader some of his personal experiences as it relates to each animal.

Personal Reaction to the Book: I think the book had lots of good information that I didn't know about some birds, however it's not a huge interest for me personally to desire in studying them. I have seen certain ones described in the book at the zoo for example but I don't think they belong in any form of captivity. I believe that it is in their nature to fly and be completely free in the air.

Extension Ideas:
1. Have children pick out their favorite flying predator and write a research oriented paper about it.
2. Ask an ornithologist to come in as a guest speaker and talk about birds and field questions from children in the school. ( )
  sean_s | Apr 16, 2017 |
This book provides tons of information on nature's flying predators.
  Hollizphil | Mar 19, 2017 |
This book is a first-person narrative in which illustrates six different life like birds. Jim Arnosky's illustrations are extremely well drawn, and look as real as it could. The fold out pages take Thunder Birds to the next level because not too many nonfiction/ 1st person narratives as detailed as this one. This would be a great book to have students read and write a mini-report to report to their class. ( )
  John_Spelce | Nov 8, 2016 |
Ack! Gorgeous pictures, lovely text, plenty of information for data hounds. But the mix of all the different scales is just *wrong.* The fold-out osprey is not life-size, and we're not told just what proportion it is. Some illustrations are labeled 'half-size' - but most that aren't life size heads or feet aren't labeled. I mean, yes they are labeled in numbers, ie 25 inches or whatever, but not in anything that most of us can grasp. And the differently scaled illustrations are juxtaposed on the same page, so even though our brain wants to compare the different images one to another, we'd be misled if we did.

If you want to use this lovely book, you're going to have to prepare cut-outs of all the different birds so that they're all to the same scale, preferably, of course, life-size. It'd make a great class project (or project for home-schooled children) to prepare the butcher-paper 'shadows' - and then, maybe, the fifth-grade students could share what they've learned and read the book to the kindergarten students.

But for independent readers or casual family reading, I cannot recommend this. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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 |
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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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