Get ready for the journey of a lifetime…up in the sky! Bird’s Eye View: The Natural World takes you on an amazing, fact-filled aerial journey around the world with stunning views of its landscapes, and the animals and plants that live in them. Three of the twelve soaring panoramas fold out on each side to create fabulous double-wide vistas. Discover the incredible natural world as you float over:
- The Florida Everglades
- Tropical South America
- Coral islands in the Pacific Ocean
- Uluru rock in Australia
- China’s magical Guilin Hills
- The Central Asian steppe
- The Himalayas
- The African Serengeti
- A Welsh river
- Northern Scandinavia
- Sea cliffs of the Irish coast
- French countryside
Each gorgeous spread introduces a new region from above, with text describing its key geological features and inhabitants. Along the bottom of the page, illustrations identify a selection of the location’s animals and plants, and a globe pinpoints where it is on the map. Included in the scenes is evidence of the damage that humans can do, like oil pollution in the Arctic ocean and deforestation in the Amazon. Join the great white egret as you fly over the Everglades and the whooper swans as you soar over the Arctic. Spot the gray reef sharks swimming the lagoon of a coral atoll, the red kangaroos bounding across the Australian desert, the herds of wildebeest migrating across the Serengeti, and the snow leopard prowling the foothills of the Himalayas. Look at the world differently, with a bird's eye view.
About the Author
John Farndon is an internationally renowned author of exciting and accessible science books for children and adults. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards and have sold millions of copies worldwide, proving their perennial appeal.
Paul Boston studied illustration and sequential design and has been illustrating for over 15 years. He lists his inspirations as 1950's children's books, antique maps and Japanese prints, to name just a few. Paul's charming depictions of people and places have been commissioned for global advertising campaigns and publishing projects.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Bird's Eye View: The Natural World" written by John Farndon is a beautifully illustrated (by Paul Boston) children's book on ecosystems, animals, birds, and geography that is both informative and lovely. The book is full of wonderful facts, pictures of beautiful creatures, birds, and other types of fauna that is very interesting to children and adults alike. The book starts in North America in the Everglades then moves to the Amazon rain forest in South America. Next, the bird's eye view moves to the Pacific atolls formed atop volcanoes from long ago. Next, the book moves along to Australia, China, and the Ural Mountains in Russia. It moves on to the Himalayan mountains and then to the Serengeti plains of East Africa. Lastly, the book concludes in Europe exploring Northern Scandinavia, Wales and Ireland. This literally covers so much ground in just over twenty pages. It is sure to occupy children hours reading and learning as they move from place to place like a bird soaring over the earth. I received this eBook free of charge from Quarto Publishing Group – Words and Pictures via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
I received a free ecopy of this picture book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book is a magnificent journey across the world, shown to us from the sky or a 'bird's eye view'. Each full-page spread shows us a location in amazing color from a bird's eye view, with a visual list of animals that are native to that area at the bottom of the page. There are lots of educational bits of text throughout, showing and telling us about the ecosystems, habitats, and the animals that live there. This incredible book spans the world and shows us unique geographical features and habitats from each continent. Starting out in the Florida Everglades, we travel down through the Amazon and Andes Mountains in South America, across the Pacific to Australia, upwards through Asia into Russia, down over the Himalayas and across the Indian Ocean to Africa, then up through Europe and the UK before traveling back to the United States and touching down in Central Park. My daughter and I were extra tickled that our journey started out in Florida! We really enjoyed this book and hope to add it to our little library to reference in the future!
Have you ever heard or sung the Raffi song about the great beautiful planet in the sky that is our home? I thought about that song while immersing myself in this beautifully illustrated book that is suggested for children aged 7 to 10. I think that adults will enjoy it too! The conceit is that we are in a hot air balloon traveling around the globe. We are high enough up for a panorama but close enough to see the details of each landscape. We start the journey in the Florida Everglades and end in France. Along the way, we spend time in other places including the Amazon, Uluru Rock in Australia, the Himalayas, the African Serengeti, Scandinavia and more. In each place that is visited, readers learn about the flora, fauna and unique aspects of each locale. The book ends with a reminder to take care of the environment and to value nature. The detail in the illustrations is remarkable. The text itself also is filled with interesting facts. This book is a great introduction to the geography of our world. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the experience. All opinions are my own.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has so much to offer: beautiful, colorful illustrations;geography and ecology of the lands of the world; animals species of each area; and a wealth of additional information to open curious minds and foster further investigation. I can't wait to share this with my grandchildren!