Birds: Explore Their Extraordinary World (Hardcover)
A heavily designed and stunning look at the many birds of the sky--perfect for fans of Botanicum.
From the bitter cold polar regions to the lush tropics, birds have found incredible ways to adapt and survive anywhere. White-winged diuca finches nest high upon freezing glaciers and mightly peregrine falcons circle skyscrapers in busy cities. Look up!
What birds can do is extraordinary. The statuesque golden eagle spots prey from miles away. You can tell what time of day an owl hunts by looking at the color of its eyes. With its long, muscular legs, the secretary bird has a powerful kick that is enough to kill large prey like snakes and hares.
Discover which bird is the fastest, the smallest, the smartest, the most colorful and more in this nonfiction compendium, complete with descriptions from wildlife expert Miranda Krestovnikoff and stunning linocuts from artist Angela Harding.
About the Author
Miranda Krestovnikoff has always loved to be outdoors. Her passion for wildlife started early on by observing animals in the wild and keeping a veritable menagerie at home in the laundry room! Miranda studied Zoology at Bristol University and, even before graduating, secured work at the BBC Natural History Unit. Miranda later became a presenter and this enabled her to travel and present conservation stories from around the globe. She has presented BBC's Coast, and appeared on BBC's The One Show, River Walks, Curious Creatures, Big Week at the Zoo, Animals at Night, Celebrity Eggheads and more. Miranda is also involved with several charities, including the National Trust and WDC. She is currently president of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. She is also the author of The Ocean: Exploring Our Blue Planet. She lives in Bristol, England.
Angela Harding is a fine artist specializing in nature and wildlife screenprints as well as lino and vinylcuts. Her prints appear in a huge range of galleries and have also been featured in Gardens Illustrated, BBC Countryfile and Country Living Magazine. She lives in Rutland, England.
“Intriguing facts [with] bits of information that are likely to stick in readers' minds….Even more striking are the illustrations, both black-and-white wood engravings and silk-screened linocuts.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A browser-friendly overview that features paragraphs of information beyond science class coverage, a broader scope than field guides, and sophisticated illustrations that invite engrossed lingering.” —BCCB
“An ambitious, gorgeous overview of bird adaptations.” —School Library Journal
"Gorgeously illustrated . . . this work will appeal best to sophisticated readers and budding ornithologists." - Booklist