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Gordon, Bonnie.

Illustrated by Kiyoma Shoyama, Ottawa, National Museums of Canada, c1986. unpaged, paper, $9.95, ISBN 0-660-10350-8. (Activity Book series #1). CIP

Grades 1-4
Reviewed by Janice Foster

Volume 15 Number 3
1987 May

What is a Bird? is a book packed with a wide variety of activities relating to birds. Designed as an educational tool, it presents basic information about birds such as diet, nests, camouflage, habitat, migration, and more. In the process of learning interesting facts about birds, the child will have fun with an interesting range of activities. The author has provided numerous pencil crayon types of seat work, such as a crossword, maze, dot to dot, matching, drawing, and colouring. Also included are directions for making simple bird feeders, origami birds, and a mobile. Adult participation is encouraged, particularly with the younger child. This book lends itself to further discussion and follow-ups, such as bird watching and gathering more information on birds from your local library.

Bonnie Gordon has provided parents, teachers, and children with an excellent activity book. The illustrations, some of which are coloured, are simple and appealing. The Canadian content is also worth noting. The book is printed on quality paper and when completed can serve as a home reference book. What is a Bird? can definitely provide hours of fun for children and adults to share. It is also available in French, entitled Qu'est-ce qu'un oiseau?

Janice Foster, Winnipeg, Man.
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