Urban Roosts: Where Birds Nest in the City

Barbara Bash, Author Sierra Club Books for Children $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-08306-5
Under bridges, in chimneys and on window ledges--these are just a few of the many places urban birds find shelter from wind and cold for their young. In this informative book, readers are introduced to the birds that live in our cities and to their various homes. Each bird is discussed concisely, with the focus on why each chooses specific sites for its roosts. The simple and delightful explanation of the house wren's family name Troglodytidae, which means ``creeper into holes,'' clarifies the bird's interest in finding unusual nesting spots. The vibrant illustrations, however, are what set this book apart. Poised against cheerfully colored city scenes, Bash's ( Desert Giant ; Tree of Life ) accurately drawn pictures help to disseminate the information smoothly and will be remembered long after they are seen. (One barn owl is particularly haunting, its questioning eyes staring into the deep blue night.) Though some of the language may be difficult for younger children, this book will help them to respect the birds we share our cities with. Ages 6-10. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
Genre: Nonfiction
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