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Red Tuque Books Inc.  9780987773302
Title: Being a Bird in North America, North of Mexico
Sub-Title: Waterfowl to Shorebirds
Author: Robert Alvo
ISBN: 9780987773302
Publication Date: 2015
Publisher: Robert Alvo
Format: Hardcover
Size: 7.5 x 10
Price: 44.95

This book the first in a series whose main theme is conservation. A basic premise is that each element (or species, in the case of birds) can be used to tell a story, where each story can reveal the tricks used by birds to survive, describe real problems faced by birds, analyze conservation issues, or illustrate ecological characteristics or something else that applies to - or is unique about - the species. This book also provides a way of remembering and distinguishing each species. For most people, pictures help to understand ideas and make it easier to store them away in memory. And in some ways cartoons are the best kind of picture for this purpose, because they elaborate, exaggerate, and - if done well - make you laugh.

This book is intended for a wide audience, which includes birders, anyone with a passing interest in birds, nature lovers, anyone interested in conservation, or simply people who enjoy humor. Each species page is a lesson in itself and can be used for classes in environmental studies from perhaps Grade 9 and upwards, although younger children will still enjoy the cartoons.

Each cartoon was created specifically for this book. Fifteen artists, each with their own distinctive style, contributed, and the media that they used also vary widely. The inclusion in this book of certain photos was facilitated by the fact that the photographers were engaged in scientific research.