Nonfiction About Birds in Review

August 5, 2020 Uncategorized 0 ★★★★

Nonfiction About Birds in ReviewTitle: The Genius of Birds
Author: Jennifer Ackerman
|Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

Since getting into bird photography, I’ve also discovered a new interest in reading about birds. They’re the most easily observable animals in my daily life and their behavior is always fascinating. The Genius of Birds was full of delightful anecdotes about how clever birds are. I was constantly stopping to share fun tidbits with my husband or to look up videos of surprising bird behavior online. I probably highlighted half the book as interesting enough to share.

The only thing I didn’t love about this book was the organization. Each chapter had a broad theme, but anecdotes passed by quickly enough that it felt disjointed. I couldn’t settle into one story before we were on to another. Some paragraphs were simply lists of sentence-long fun facts. At the sentence level, the writing was enjoyable. The science was explained clearly and the author’s passion for birds showed in some truly lovely descriptions. Honestly, I think if I were working with a longer attention span these days, I might have enjoyed this even more. As is, I’d still highly recommend it to anyone interested in the intelligence of animals or who just loves accessible science writing.

Nonfiction About Birds in ReviewTitle: The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think
Author: Jennifer Ackerman
|Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

I debated reviewing this book separately fromĀ The Genius of Birds, because it shares all of the same strengths. The writing was beautiful and the anecdotes were too good not to share. What I wanted to add, though, is that the organization of this book appealed to me a bit more. The chapters on how birds play were particularly delightful. Several chapters in this book were more focused on a single bird than in the previous book. This made it easier to get into the stories the author was telling. I especially loved one whole, wonderful chapter on Keas, which are definitely my new favorite birds. I’d recommend this slightly more highly than The Genius of Birds. I would also recommend picking this up if you enjoyed the author’s first book. There’s some overlapping material, but it’s handled well and covered briefly.

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