A neat little reference book, quietly instructive and quietly humorous in its compact text and softly detailed pencil drawings of some sixty-odd birds and their habitats. The descriptive paragraphs are uniform, telling first of the nest then of the appearances of the birds as they change with growth, then of feeding and flight habits, and finally of nesting area. There is world wide representation with emphasis on American birds. The meadowlark builds a nest with a roof; the social weaver of South Africa builds a hanging ""apartment house""; the nest of the edible swift makes good soup; the whippoorwill makes no nest at all. The accurate pictures, wonderfully designed as well, place their subjects at home- in a bower or a tree hollow, in flight -- over prairie or swamp, among their kind- pecking a morsel from a husband or a mother or giving eye to the nest of a neighbor. From eagle to penguin- a must for the budding ornithologist.