How to Find a Bird is a great non-fiction book presented as a traditional picture book story. Jennifer Ward’s text is about an all-knowing narrator taking you (and the characters of the book) on a journey throughout almost all the known birds. Some will be familiar due to your own area, while others might not be. There are even a few pages dedicated to birds that have gone extinct. Each page has facts or pieces of information on birds, how to see and hear birds and more. They talk about blending in, where nests can be built and so much more.
The illustrations are creating some almost realistic images, but not leaving anything out. You know which bird is which as they look like the animal; but they are just not exactly photographs. Each bird is marked with the name of the bird and some show up on other pages as well. There is much in the way of details, without going overboard, but each page is full. And the colors are bright and bold, but not too bright or too bold. They are a nice mix of the two. Diana Sudyka has created pleasant art to view. My favorite pages are first the one where some birds are hidden and the second is the whooping crane towards the end.
The afterwards gives more information, things you can do to be a bird watcher and even places you can officially become things like an official bird counter. In fact, there is one during Presidents Weekend, and since I am writing this on January 20, hurry up and find out all about it!
For all ages, though the text is aimed at a slightly younger audience or readers in the “middle” of learning to read.