Birds: A Guide to Familiar American Birds

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Golden Press, 1987 - Birds - 160 pages
This guide will help you identify -- quickly and easily -- the birds you are most likely to see. It tells you:
-- What to look for
-- Where and when to look
-- How to attract birds

Range maps show at a glance where each bird is found, and handy tables at the back of the book contain a wealth of additional information about migration, eggs, nests, and food. This is the perfect bird book for beginners at any age.

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My daughter says when I get to Heaven it will be full of birds and wildflowers, and I will know all their names. That is why I collect books like this. Zim's book was my first and favorite nature guide. Read full review

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User Review  - stefrand - LibraryThing

This is a good intro guide to bird species around the US. I got this book in elementary school at a book fair, and I still use it! Very helpful, with great pictures. Well-organized, easy to use. It ... Read full review

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About the author (1987)

Herbert S. Zim was born in 1909 in New York City. He was a naturalist, author, editor and also known as the fonder and editor in chief of the Golden Guides series of nature books. Zim wrote or edited more than one hundred scientific books, and in a thirty-year career teaching in the public schools introduced laboratory instruction into elementary school science. He is best known as the founder in 1945, of the Golden Guides, pocket-size introductions for children to such subjects as fossils, zoology, microscopy, rocks and minerals, codes and secret writings, trees, wildflowers, dinosaurs, navigation and more. He was the sole or co-author for many of the books, which were valued for their clarity, accuracy and attractive presentation helped by the illustrations of James Gordon Irving. He continued to work on the Golden Guides series until Alzheimer's disease forced him to slow down in the 1990s. He died in 1994 at Plantation Key, Florida.

Irving has exhibited paintings at the American Museum of Natural History and the National Audubon Society.

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