Enjoyed among all ages, birding is an especially popular family-friendly activity. This fun and lively guide provides just the right amount of information for kids who have an interest in birds and want to learn more. Each of the two hundred species has a full page devoted to it, which is chock-full of information and includes a Wow! burst with a particularly interesting fact. Range maps are easy to read, with a key next to each one, so small hands don't have to constantly flip to the front or back of the book. Each page includes a space to check off the bird and write in the date it was seen. Color photos are used for identification purposes, and black and white line drawings illustrate interesting behaviors or characteristics. A birder since childhood, Bill Thompson would have loved a book like this one when he was just getting interested in birds. Now a father of two, he spent many hours over the course of two years with his now eleven-year-old daughter's class getting the kids' advice on what to include in the book.