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What Makes a Bird A Bird?

Garelick, May, Weisgard, Leonard, ill.,

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ISBN 10: 0695892738 / ISBN 13: 9780695892739
Published by Follett Publishing Company/Chicago, Illinois, 1969, 1969
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Title: What Makes a Bird A Bird?

Publisher: Follett Publishing Company/Chicago, Illinois, 1969

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: Hardcover

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What makes a bird a unique creature is not singing or flying, nest-building or egg-laying, but having something no other animal has--feathers.

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Ages 5^-8. Using a friendly, informal tone and strategic questioning, Garelick leads readers naturally to the discovery of what makes a bird a bird. "Is [a bird] a bird because it flies?" poses the author. Instead of a hasty, authoritative no, Garelick provides examples like butterflies, bats, flying fish--all of whom fly but are not birds--and chickens and ostriches who are birds but cannot fly. She continues the questioning, gently nudging readers toward the conclusion that the quality unique to birds is not wings, singing, or nest building, but having feathers. Readers will not only learn about birds and other creatures with similar qualities, but they will also get a thorough workout in the reasoning involved in classification. This is excellent for reading aloud, too. Its questions, suspense, and up-close, realistic illustrations should elicit plenty of audience participation. Julie Yates Walton

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