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  • Friday 12th February 2016

    The Bookbag

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF WOODLAND BIRD SONGS
    Take a well-put-together board book (don’t worry about it being a board book – no one is going to say that they’re a bit too old for a board book once they see it), add exquisite pictures of a dozen birds – one on each double-page spread – and then fill in the details. You’ll need the name of the bird in English and Latin and a description of the bird in words which a child can understand but which won’t patronise an adult. Then you’ll need details of where the bird is found, what it eats, where it nests, how many eggs it lays, how the male and female adults differ and their size. Then you need a ‘Did you know?’ fact and this needs to be something which will interest children, but which adults might not know either. Does it sound simple? Well it isn’t, but ‘The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs’ does it perfectly. And there’s a bonus, but I’ll tell you about that in a moment.

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  • Saturday 11th July 2015

    Landlove Magazine

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF GARDEN BIRD SONGS
    The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs by Caz Buckingham and Andrea Pinnington brings the calming tweets of your favourite garden birds into your home, teaching you the common calls of the robin, chaffinch and even blue tit. Perfect to encourage little ones to learn about their feathered friends, the book comes with 12 different bird song recordings to accompany detailed imagery and facts about each beautiful bird. Find out which yellow and blue bird can lay up to 12 speckled eggs at a time, which bird has a different accent according to where they are from and which glorious green creature has a beak perfectly shaped for cracking open nuts and seeds. A colourful and engaging book, The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs is a fun way to learn about the sounds of your garden.

  • Thursday 11th June 2015

    Nature's Home RSPB Magazine

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF GARDEN BIRD SONGS
    Proof that you’re never too old for push-button sound books, this delightful volume helps you get to know the voices in your garden. Pairing 12 different audio recordings with oft-seen garden birds illustrated in fine and quite lovely detail, it includes informative profiles and surprising facts. Fun for all the family.

  • Saturday 11th April 2015

    When the Dust Settles

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF GARDEN BIRD SONGS
    Being the son of the Fat Birder has its perks, being the granddaughter and namesake has even more, so when the little lady saw The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs by Andrea Pinnington & Caz Buckingham, we made a quick call to the old man and got him to arrange a review copy for us, well birds and our family go hand in hand so we had to really.

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  • Saturday 11th April 2015

    British Trust for Ornithology

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF GARDEN BIRD SONGS
    There seem to be few garden bird books available for very young children, so when this board book came along targeted at age 3 and above I was intrigued to see what it had to offer. It covers 12 garden bird species that most people will encounter in their garden including Great Tit, Greenfinch and Carrion Crow. Each bird has a double page with illustrations and facts including where they are found, what they eat, where they nest and a ‘Did you know’. Down the side of the book are sound buttons corresponding to each species’ song, operated by battery, and consisting of good quality recordings.

    This is a book that, in fact, could appeal to all ages. The pictures and sounds are great for a young child to learn from, and the facts and descriptions will engage older children. It would also be suitable as a basic book for adults wanting to learn more about gardens birds, giving them the ability to start understanding basic birdsong, or even better – a good opportunity for an adult to spend time with a child, learning together.

    Clare Simm
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  • Wednesday 11th March 2015

    Books for Keeps

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF GARDEN BIRD SONGS
    A happy marriage of traditional bird identification with a novelty sound bar makes for a wonderfully useful book that will be enjoyed right across the age groups. Learning to identify individual bird songs is not straightforward; many birds have a regional accent or imitate other birds and even machines. However, it is a skill that once learned, gives huge pleasure and will stay with you for life. What better way than to start with the young? The authors introduce twelve of the most common garden birds that you are likely to see at a bird table or feeder. These range from the familiar robin and thrush to the colourful goldfinch and plain little dunnock (sometimes described as an SBJ – small brown job). Each photographic profile is accompanied by description highlighting key characteristics and information on nesting and feeding, as well as some surprising or unusual facts. Alongside each page a sound bar allows the reader to hear a snatch of song at the press of a button. The quality of sound is good, and there is clear information on how to safely replace (and recycle) the batteries, extending the life of the book. The combination of decorative artwork and photography makes a very attractive package, which would prove a delightful gift for any outdoor-loving child. An imaginative and inspiring way to bring the dawn chorus to life.
    Reviewed by Sue Unstead

  • Wednesday 11th March 2015

    Families South-East Magazine

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF GARDEN BIRD SONGS
    Can you recognize birds by their song? A delightful new interactive book featuring British bird songs is published in March 2015._ The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs_ features 12 of our most common garden birds and their calls. The solid board book is chunky enough for even the smallest hands to manage.

  • Tuesday 24th February 2015

    Toppsta

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF GARDEN BIRD SONGS
    This is a fantastic book, it covers 12 of the most common garden birds with beautiful illustrations and facts about each bird. Down the side of the book is a battery operated panel featuring a button to push to hear each of the birds beautiful songs. This book is aimed at children, but I think it is a book that the whole family can enjoy and learn from.

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  • Wednesday 11th February 2015

    Bird Watching Magazine

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF GARDEN BIRD SONGS
    Want a book to encourage the youngest birder in your life? Check out The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs from Fine Feather Press. It includes beautifully illustrated information on some of our commonest garden birds, along with a sound bar that will help you identify the featured birds by their songs. The publishers describe it as a perfect book for families to enjoy while out and about, and to encourage young people to listen to, as well as look at, the wealth of nature around them.

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