Where Do Birds Live?

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University of Iowa Press, Nov 28, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Claudia McGehee brought the glory of the prairie to life in A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet and explored the wonders of the woodlands in A Woodland Counting Book. Now this award-winning artist focuses on the birds of the United States, bringing children and their parents closer to the habitats and lives of birds from the Pacific coast to open rangeland to the cityscape of Manhattan.

McGehee introduces us to fourteen representative habitats, giving each its own double-page spread that features a signature bird. She devotes one page of each spread to depicting the bird in the full complexity of its complete habitat—at home in its environment with other animal companions—and the other page describes and illustrates its nesting, feeding, soaring, and paddling lifeways. Highlighting ideas for preserving and protecting each habitat and its inhabitants, McGehee also provides ways that children can make their own backyards safe havens for birdlife while they learn to enjoy the magic of birdwatching.

Claudia’s birds include bobolinks on the tallgrass prairie, common ravens in the Pacific rainforest, brown pelicans on barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico, scarlet tanagers in the northwoods, red-cockaded woodpeckers in longleaf pine forests, greater roadrunners in the southwestern desert, and roseate spoonbills in red mangrove forests. Her energizing, engaging illustrations create worlds of vibrant color that ring with the calls and songs of birds across the panorama of American landscapes.


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Claudia McGehee introduces us to 14 different bird habitats in this nature book geared towards preschool and kindergarten students. McGehee uses 14 unique 2 page spreads to each readers about ... Read full review

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Tallgrass Prairie Bobolink
Western Mountain Meadow Mountain Bluebird
Pacific Rainforest Common Raven
Pacific Coastline Black Oystercatcher
Southwestern Desert Greater Roadrunner
Rangeland Scissortailed Flycatcher
Gulfbarrier Islands Brown Pelican
RedMangrove Forest Roseate Spoonbill
Eastern Forest American Redstart
Northeastern City Mallard
Great Lakes Herring Gull
Northwoods Scarlet Tanager
Midwestern Backyard Rubythroated Hummingbird
Map of the United States

Longleaf Pine Forest Redcockaded Woodpecker

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About the author (2010)


Claudia McGehee of Iowa City is the author of A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet (Iowa, 2004), which was named a Midwest Favorite by the Upper Midwest Booksellers Association, and A Woodland Counting Book (Iowa, 2006), a Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal Winner. Illustrator of The Iowa Nature Calendar (Iowa, 2007), she has been a professional illustrator, working primarily in scratchboard, for many years.

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