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Backyard Birds

An Introduction

by Robert Bateman & Ian Coutts

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Robert Bateman's unique talents as an artist, naturalist and storyteller make him the ideal guide to the world of birding. His marvelous paintings and accessible text introduce children to the wonder of familiar birds. Beautifully crafted sections include special features on identifying, feeding and finding backyard birds. Key facts about the different species are conveyed in fieldguide style through special sketchbook sidebars. Backyard Birds is the perfect introduction and a wonderful book for fledgling birders, and for any fans of Robert Bateman's art.

About the Authors

Robert Bateman is an award-winning, internationally admired naturalist painter. He has lived on Saltspring Island, BC, since 1985. His artistic interest in the natural world is mirrored in his support for a variety of environmental causes and in 1998 the US National Audubon Society named him one of the 20th century's 100 Champions of Conservation. He collaborated with his son Christopher Bateman on the cover of Return of the Osprey.

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Robert Bateman is an award-winning, internationally admired naturalist painter. He has lived on Saltspring Island, BC, since 1985. His artistic interest in the natural world is mirrored in his support for a variety of environmental causes and in 1998 the US National Audubon Society named him one of the 20th century's 100 Champions of Conservation. He collaborated with his son Christopher Bateman on the cover of Return of the Osprey.

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Contributor Notes

Robert Bateman's artwork has received international critical acclaim and has attracted an enormous following. His art can be found in many museum exhibitions like the Smithsonian Institution. Robert Bateman's talent has been recognized with the Order of Canada. Bateman has also been the subject of three books and six films, and now writes nature books for children as well. Backyard Birds and Birds of Prey is written and illustrated by Robert, showcasing his stunning artistic talent. Backyard Birds quickly became a best-seller. His talent has allowed him to transfer his artwork to children's books, while helping to raise money for environmental causes.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice)
  • Short-listed, OLA SIlver Birch Award, Non-Fiction
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Top Ten
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Information Book Award
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada)
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, Canadian Science Writers, Science in Society Children's Book Award

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Backyard Birds: An Introduction

“It started with a black-capped Chickadee.” So begins renowned wildlife artist and naturalist Robert Bateman’s introduction as he describes the moment when he first became intrigued with birds at the age of eight. His interest in birds and birdwatching has become a lifelong passion. Now Bateman is eager to share his knowledge about birds with young readers and beginners at birdwatching.

Robert Bateman, together with coauthor Ian Coutts, shares observations about the variety of birds found in Canada. Each double-page spread features a full-page painting of a bird in its familiar habitat as well as facts about size, range, habitat, food, voice, characteristics and identification tips. Also included are sections on the cycle of family life, migration, and attracting birds to one’s backyard. In the epilogue, readers are cautioned about factors which harm birds and are urged to be pro-active in protecting them and their natural environments.

Bateman’s and Coutts’s respect for birds and the natural world and, in turn, their readers, is evident by their well-written and informative text. This book would be a useful reference in elementary school libraries. Although an index and contents pages have been omitted, there is a useful glossary, recommended reading list and website included.

Bateman’s detailed sketches and colourful, realistic paintings make this book a pleasure to explore. His lifelike illustrations of familiar birds makes us look closely in wonder at their beauty. That which we assume as “commonplace” is enhanced by his artistry so that we can appreciate anew our avian friends’ marvelous complexity.

Robert Bateman writes, “Of all wild creatures, birds are the most colourful and easiest to see. You don’t need to travel to distant jungles or faraway islands. They live in our own backyards... Birds are our neighbours, We should get to know them.” Backyard Birds: An Introduction will certainly help readers to do just that!

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2006. Vol.29 No. 2.

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