Do you love birds? If you do, you're not alone! Birds are fun to watch and they make great pets. There is so much to know about birds. Why do they have feathers? Can parrots really talk? Why do birds build nests? Do birds like toys? Beginning readers will find the answers to these questionsand many morein this lively, fact-filled book. Filled with colorful illustrations and photographs of wild and domestic birds, this is a perfect selection for any young bird-watcher or bird lover.
The title question is one of the last ones to be answered in the book, but leading up to it readers will learn quite a lot about birds. The variety is astounding9,000 kinds of birds ranging in size from those that weigh a few ounces to those that weigh more than a couple of kids. Birds have feathers to keep them warm and to help them fly, but not all birds can fly. All birds do hatch from eggs and most have to be cared for by parents during the early days and weeks of their lives. Some, like newborn chickens and ducks, can fend for themselves shortly after birth. Characteristics such as eyesight, coloration, nest building, grooming, food sources and ability to sing are described. In answer to the title question, birds sing to attract mates, to identify themselves and to give warnings. Other interesting tidbits are that birds learn from other birds while they are young, a bird's song is distinctive and while some keep learning and adding to their repertory, others can sing only one song. An informative and delightful book in the Dial "Easy-to-Read" series, Level three. 2004, Dial/Penguin, Ages 7 to 9.