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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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 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
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 14th 2001 by Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press (first published 1949)
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Just came across these while snooping through someone's 'read' page (sorry Heather!). I've used these golden nature guides since I was little and have loved loved loved them. It doesn't matter that the illustrations are occasionally inaccurrate and err on the side of cuteness. The copies at our house are falling apart from love and overuse!
This was my bird book as a child and now it is my son's. It's a well-drawn, simple bird book appropriate for children that can help start a life-long appreciation of birds and nature.
Erik Graff
Jun 14, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
Recommended to Erik by: Lajla Stousland
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A whole bunch of these Golden Guides were at grandmother Lajla's summer house in SW Michigan when I was growing up and I likely read all of them on cool fall evenings when there was nothing else to do and Dad was listening to classical music on the radio. They were hardbound, those early copies, pocket-sized and cheap. I particularly liked the distribution maps.
Leisha Wharfield
This is a great book to have on hand to identify birds--I learned so much! Ira N. Gabrielson should not be listed as the first author, though. The first author is Herbert S. Zim, Ph.D.
Fredrick Danysh
Zim has put together a mini-encycopedia of common American birds with descriptions and illustrations. A very good book for a young person.
Golden Guide books are excellent. This is helpful but I find more comprehensive birding books like the Audubon much more useful.
Maybe my first book ever and one I like to give to kids who are curious about the natural world.
This was my childhood book. My copy is from 1956 and it's still wonderful.
I have a copy from 1956, best pictures ever.
Benjamin Plume
Good for a starting bird watcher.
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