Thursday, June 21, 2012

Eyewitness Expert Bird

9780756631338HEyewitness Expert Bird
Published by DK Canada

About the Book

Written by today's experts for the experts of tomorrow, Eyewitness Experts are great big gift packs that blitz the top-selling topics children really love. Open them up and you'll find everything you need to nurture their interest, whether novice or nerd. These are gifts to treasure and return to and grow with.

The title that launched the Eyewitness series some twenty years ago and keeps on selling and selling and selling...Bird

My Thoughts

I’ve always been curious to see the difference between the Eyewitness books and the Eyewitness Expert ones.   Well I am quite impressed by what the Eyewitness Expert contains.    Packed in a fabulous box that looked like the feather of a peacock, I discovered the Eyewitness book on birds, an Eyewitness Bird Expert Files, and eyewitness Bird Clip Art CD, and Eyewitness Bird Map, and Eyewitness Bird Profiles Cards, an Eyewitness Wallcharts and a model to a barn owl in flight.  When I opened up this box and discovered what was inside with the rest of the family, everyone was in awe of what it contained.   Even my husband was impressed with the posters and the books.  

Each and every single one of these items is fabulous for homeschooling and teaching your kids about birds.   The CD contains 100 incredible bird images that your child could use for homework.  These images comes from the book Eyewitness Book Bird.    Now all the photos found in the book are on the CD but you have a handful to choose from.

The profiles card will help you to know the top 48 birds every expert should know.  These cards will represent birds from any part of the world – not just Canada.  However, I was able to find some birds we have in our country.    Still each card will give you information on the bird like the distinctive characteristic of it, some field notes, and a fact file section giving the length, group, wingspan, population, numbers of eggs, life span, habitats, migration and where it lives.  The Eyewitness Bird Map will give you a bird’s eye view of the migration of the following birds: Artic Stern, Bewick’s Swan, Blackpoll Warbler, Bobolink, Eastern Red-footed Falcon, Franklin’s Gull, Red Knot, Manx Shearwater, Pied Flycatcher, Red-footed Falcon, Scarlet Tanager, Swainson’s Hawk, White Stork, and the  Yellow Wagtail.   The Eyewitness Wallcharts will give you a condensed version of the bird facts found in the Eyewitness Bird book with amazing pictures.    It can be a wonderful poster to put up on your wall for future reference.  

The Expert Files book will provide information on the greatest bird experts, learn how to become one, teach you how to start your very own log book, as well on how to use the other tools found in the box.  It also gives you the step-by-step process to build the owl model with detailed images on how to do it.   Finally, this little book is also interesting for a homeschooler because it contained a section titled Activities.  In that section you will be able to test your knowledge on bird-watching skills as well as on birds including a name the body parts and name the bones.   Each activities can be measure on how much time you take to do them.   Depending of the time spent on one activity you will be considered a beginner, a knowledgeable or an expert.   These activities will be handy to have when we will study birds in more dept.

Finally, the Eyewitness Bird book itself is simply fabulous!    I am quite pleased to possess it in my hands and discover the various things about birds.    I’m not an expert but I enjoy taking the time to identify the birds I encounter while camping.   The book will cover everything that needs to be known about birds; how they fly, the feathers, the courtship, the camouflage, the nest, the eggs and much more.   The only section that bug me is the one where it is presented as though birds come from dinosaurs – which I don’t agree with.  But the rest of the book is so marvelous that I can disregard these two pages.  

Needless to say, this Eyewitness Expert Bird could become a great gift for a child who is interested in learning more about them as well as develop skills in ornithology.   I would strongly recommend this item for a personal library, for homeschoolers and even for school teachers.   

Other Eyewitness Expert packages are also available at DK Canada.  You can find one on Rock and Mineral, Ancient Rome, Shark, Knight and the Human Body.    I suspect that each of them will contain fabulous items in it alongside with popular Eyewitness book.

The Eyewitness Expert Bird is available at your favourite bookstore, even at

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned products for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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