The Lit­tle Book of the Dawn Cho­rus

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Reviews Books - By Caz Buck­ing­ham and An­drea Pin­ning­ton Fine Feather Press £12.99

Noth­ing can beat ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the dawn cho­rus first hand, how­ever, this en­chant­ing book makes a fine hors d’oeu­vre to pre­pare your fam­ily for the real deal. The Lit­tle Book of the Dawn Cho­rus is part of an on­go­ing series that aims to at­tune both young and adult ears to the sounds of Bri­tain’s wildlife. The book’s unique sell­ing point is its sound bar, which pro­vides in­stant ac­cess to the vo­cal­i­sa­tions of 10 com­monly heard birds in spring.

To my five-year-old son, who was happy to test the ti­tle’s ap­peal, the ex­pe­ri­ence of press­ing bird-em­bla­zoned but­tons for in­stant au­ral grat­i­fi­ca­tion were a hit. Within five min­utes his rest­less lit­tle fin­gers had played each of the dif­fer­ent songs count­less times.

The care­fully crafted text ac­com­pa­ny­ing each species makes this book both fun and ed­u­ca­tional but my only crit­i­cism would be with the choice of some of the birds. I think black­cap and dun­nock would have been bet­ter than swal­low and house spar­row. Mike Dilger Nat­u­ral­ist and BBC Wildlife colum­nist (see p14)

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