Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Sounds of the Skies by Moira Butterfield & illustrated by Jonathan Woodward

Sounds of the Skies is a beautiful hardcover non-fiction book with realistic sound effects. Fascinating descriptions and challenging vocabulary make this guide to birds and other wildlife in a wide range of ecosystems around the world a useful addition to every home or classroom bookshelf. Children will thoroughly enjoy investigating this book either on their own or as a read aloud.

Sounds of the Skies is full of scientific information about the home, diet, behaviour, adaptations, predators, prey and appearance of a wide variety of interesting birds. It links them to the other animals in their ecosystems and provides information about saving birds through protection of their habitats and reducing pollution.

I really appreciate how the ecosystems chosen are not the usual selections. They are much more specific with equally unique animals – the Bhutan Black Mountains, Norwegian Bleiksoya Island and the Canadian North West Territories are just a few examples. My absolute favourite entry is for the Tawny Owl of the Black Forest in Germany. It’s possible to imagine hearing its mysterious call through the trees at night.

With links to habitats, animal facts and geography, Sounds of the Skies has so many potential uses, not least some wonderful non-fiction reading for pleasure.

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for this special book.

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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