THE BIG BIRD SPOT

Matt Sewell Pavil­ion, HB, £9.99

Bird Watching (UK) - - Books -

This is the first chil­dren's book from well-known artist Matt Sewell, and his bold, colour­ful style is su­perbly suited to get­ting young­sters in­ter­ested in the birds around them. Dou­ble-page spreads pic­ture a wide range of wildlife habi­tats, with each one con­tain­ing a na­tive bird for chil­dren to find. The species in­clude threat­ened UK species such as Lap­wing and Cirl Bunting, but also range fur­ther afield (In­dian Roller, for ex­am­ple). There's also a wealth of other avian and wildlife de­tail in each pic­ture, with an ID key pro­vided at the back, giv­ing con­text and plenty more for young minds to fas­ten on to. If you've got chil­dren un­der the age of about nine, this is a great way to get them talk­ing about birds (and habi­tats, for that mat­ter). It's bright and great to look at, but there's enough there to stir the cu­rios­ity of any young­ster and send them off to find a field guide and a pair of binoc­u­lars.

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