"The full-color illustrations and photos, in a variety of styles, lack the cohesion and detail Richard Orr brought to Barbara Taylor's superior The Bird Atlas (1993); this production is handsome but superficial. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A glossy introduction to birds that loosely groups the 20 orders of living birds into seven chapters: ``Ground and Game Birds,'' ``Seabirds,'' ``Waterbirds and Cranes,'' ``Wading Birds,'' ``Owls and Birds of Prey,'' ``Birds of the Trees and Masters of the Air,'' and ``Songbirds.'' Within each chapter Johnson provides an introductory page on how the birds live, boxes illustrating typical beaks and feet, and a chart of the main families.
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