Birds of West Africa: A Child's Guide

Birds of West Africa: A Child's Guide
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September 19, 2023
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Birds of Our Land is a child's guide to West African birds with the aim of introducing children to some of the many fascinating birds that they may not be familiar with. It explains the basic features of birds and key things to note in observing them and is accompanied by beautiful paintings by illustrator Robin Gowen of 25 birds representing the major species in the region.

Through its rich, poetic descriptions, Birds of Our Land offers children a gateway to the natural world by introducing them to the basics of bird watching. This book also includes activities relating to birds and a guide for teachers and parents. It is more than a great read. Birds of Our Land is the perfect tool for parents and educators encouraging children to spend more time outdoors exploring the world of nature and giving them an appreciation of the beauty and interdependence of all forms of life.

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Deep educational look at birds of Africa
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Virginia W. Dike and Robin Gowen have created a beautifully illustrated and informative read!

We are given a highly education look at different birds found in West Africa, from the Bulbul to the Whydah and everything in between!
Information included is your basic color and behaviors, but we also get to learn the names of these beautiful creatures in three different languages. The author gives a rudimentary look at what a bird is, and also tells us about the different beak and feet shapes.

The illustrations are eye catching and just as informative as the text.

The backmatter includes a bird watching start up with ways to attract birds to your garden and an observation checklist for when you spot one! The added guide for parents and educators is wonderful and includes a project and themes for the classroom.

Birds of West Africa would be perfect for young children in West Africa who would like to be able to identify the birds they see or children (adults, too) from other locations around the globe interested in the birds of West Africa.
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