Thursday, 4 July 2013

Review: 'Birds' by James Kavanagh

Birds, by James Kavanagh, Illustrated by Raymond Leung, 2002, Waterford Press, $6.95, softbound, 64 pages. Category/Genre: games. Cover: a bit busy and garish. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon. 

This activity book is intended to introduce youngsters to nature. There are instructions on creating an origami parrot, swan, and sandpiper (though the reader is not given the dimensions of the paper he is to use), which looks like fun. 

For the budding artist, there are pictures to colour (you are to use the back cover for colour reference; unfortunately, these pictures are rather small), and square-by-square drawing assignments. 

There are word searches for common backyard birds and other birds, which include lifelike drawings of each of the birds. You can also test your skills by trying to identify common birds by silhouette, as well as matching the name to the picture. There are name scrambles, picture scrambles, and a 'Spot the Differences' game in which the young naturalist may circle the differences between two drawings. 

There are mazes, a game called 'Oddball Out' (in which the reader is to circle the bird who is different from his fellows), connect-the-dots games, and 'Fold-Ins' (in which the reader folds the page to reveal a picture). 

Answers are given at the bottom of each page. 

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