Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Magnificent Birds by Candlewick Press, illustrated by Narisa Togo [Review & Giveaway - USA/CANADA 2 winners]

ISBN 9781536201697
Hardcover $20.00 US
 My thoughts:  Birds hold a tremendous amount of fascination to me and to many others throughout the world. The variety of birds is mind boggling. Their beauty is stunning. Their habits and life patterns fascinating.

Books about birds from all parts of the World are treasures. Treasures because they brings bits and pieces of this beauty to our homes and we can sit and enjoy at our leisure.

Magnificent Birds is written is a simple, flowing text that is easily understood by the upper elementary grade level child. The amount of factual information is terse and to the point and without complexity. This makes for enjoyable, yet educational, reading.
The book is produced in collaboration with the British Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The illustrations are made with an art form that is a bit stark. Colors are somewhat dense and on some pages appear dull to this reader. However, they may depict with a degree of accuracy the colorsphere of the location and birds being presented in the drawings.

I found the book to be highly informative and quite enjoyable. I think it a good addition to public and school libraries as well as the home-school library. "Birders" might enjoy perusing the book, but might prefer a more detailed presentation. The book is beautifully bound and quite sturdy.

About the book: Attractive and informative, this celebration of magnificent birds around the world will set hearts soaring.

From the bird of paradise that performs an extravagant courtship dance in the rain forest to the bar-tailed godwit that flies thousands of miles across the ocean without stopping, readers can learn about incredible birds from all over the world with this strikingly illustrated gift book. In stylish linocut prints, Narisa Togo captures the beauty of both rare and familiar winged creatures from every part of the globe, presenting Japanese cranes, kakapos from New Zealand, and Andean flamingos among the fourteen graceful birds on display.

HINT: Currently Candlewick has a 25% discount on their website. I don't know how long it will be active. Use CANDLEWICK to get the discount.

Begins August 23
Ends September 14 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA and CANADA addresses
a Rafflecopter giveaway
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided by and shipped directly to the winner by Candlewick.


  1. "1) Do you bird-watch?" I do not officially bird watch, but I sometimes note that a bird is pretty, and I was amazed to see a hummingbird when I visited Balboa Park in San Diego.

    "2) Do you have a favorite bird species? What makes them special to you?" I like pretty little yellow birds that people keep as pets and that chirp prettily.

    "(1) One other NONFICTION book you would like to have for your own" "A Is For Australian Animals."

    "(2) One book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera" "Funny Business: Conversations With Writers of Comedy."

  2. No i don't bird watch.
    I like robins they are pretty and to me signify spring is coming.

  3. no I don't birdwatch and I don't have a favorite bird.


  4. I birdwatch in my backyard. We have hummingbirds, Cardinals, finches and blackbirds, sparrows and an occasional Baltimore Oriole. My favorite is a hawk. I think they are magnificent. We had one land on our back deck and stay they for about an hour.

  5. I do bird-watch, My 15 year old grandson is an avid bird watcher & shares his knowledge with us.

    My favorite species is the osprey - I'm amazed at the nests they make high up in nesting boxes in our local wildlife refuge. They are majestic.

  6. I birdwatch occasionally and like to go on hikes. My favorite birds to see are hawks high in the trees or on telephone posts awaiting a meal. The other bird family that makes me smile are wild canaries with their flash of yellow.

  7. I would like to win this book for my 6 year old grandson who loves nature and animals. He's going to be a big brother any day now and already shares books with his one year old cousin.

  8. We do casual bird-watching in the ravine in our neighbourhood. We like owls the best because we have lots of books of them at home.

  9. We would love to have What Color Is My World? I would like to see Egyptology
    Search for the Tomb of Osiris reviewed.

  10. 1. I only casually bird watch.

    2. I like cardinals and robins the best. They are so pretty!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  11. 1. A is for Australian Animals is a non-fiction book I'd like to have.

    2. Nana's Button Tin would be a great book for you to review.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  12. 1) House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery

    2) Cody and the heart of a champion

  13. I do watch birds. I like hummingbirds and seeing them come back each year to where the feeders were hung the year before.

  14. I want this for me and my granddaughters.

  15. 1 42 is not just a number
    2 A First Book Of The Sea.

  16. We are a big birding family! My favorite bird is the Belted Kingfisher!


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