Accurate, current bird science presented in an intriguing, highly illustrated way.
Birds do the wildest things! (And you thought all they did was fly…) In Bird Brains, learn how birds use sound,color, and dances to communicate with each other, and camouflage, dive-bombing, and projectile vomiting to discourage predators. They build nests with sticks, stones, feathers, vines, mud, mucus, saliva, and more. Full-color illustrations showcase these cool behaviors.
Did you know that…
-birds are smart? Crows watch traffic lights in big cities so cars can break open hard nutshells.
-birds are strong? Raptors can withstand G-forces of more than 27 Gs when they swoop down to capture prey. That’s three times more than a fighter jet pilot can stand without passing out.
-birds are gross? Parent birds feed regurgitated food to hatchlings.
A whole world of wonder awaits any inquisitive child!
Bird Brains Review
Bird Brains is an illustrated book that talks about the various ways birds learn and function. I thought it was interesting that it was illustrated via drawings, and not actual photographs. Coming right off of reading It’s a Fungus Among Us, it definitely required me to shift gears a little bit. Not just because of how the birds are pictured, but also because of how the information is conveyed. (Very straight-forward presentation with little to break up the information into smaller, easier to digest bits.)
Bird Brains: The Wild & Wacky World of Birds is a good book for young readers who are developing a serious interest in birds. The pictures are bright and colorful, the line spacing is good. I didn’t particular care for the font, but I can’t say that it is a negative thing either. Each bit is broken into sections according to the type of brain a bird has. It’s probably best deliberately looked through with breaks between the sections. I found my attention wandering about halfway through, and it was hard to stay on task.
There is some very interesting information in Bird Brains. I particularly liked the bird skeleton near the beginning. I didn’t know birds had wrists! Though, to be honest, I never much think about bird wings beyond what spices I want on them when I’m hungry. But beyond that, the amount of songs some birds can memorize, the tricks that some of them can pull off to get food, it’s all very neat. It is obvious that the author has a fascination with birds and did his best to craft a book that would showcase that appreciation.
Not a book that’s high on my personal recommendations list, but for the right type of young reader, it may be the perfect gift.
- Title: Bird Brains: The Wild & Wacky World of Birds
- Author: Jeremy Hyman
- Pub. Date: April 10th, 2017
- Pages: 83
- ISBN13: 9781633221536
- Rating: 3 out of 5
- Source: I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for review consideration.