We love Wild About Rocky Mountain Birds: A Youth’s Guide to the Rocky Mountain States, by Adele Porter.
There’s a story behind this book. When we went to Denver to check out the zoo and aquarium, we stopped at a little rest stop in Eagle, CO. While I was in the restroom, my hubby took the kiddos out of the car to look at the boxcar they have there. Unfortunately, I left my keys behind when I hopped out, and Jake accidentally left his in the ignition. He locked the car. It started raining. The kids had left their jackets in their seats.
Fortunately, the rest stop has a cute gift shop. We went in the gift shop to ask if they had a phone book we could borrow to call a locksmith. The lady there, who might be the sweetest woman ever, waved her hand and told us she’d call the sheriff to come unlock it for us. My husband and I exchanged a look. You know the one–right, that’s gonna happen. Well, you know what? It did happen. About five minutes later he showed up, smiled, and let us in our car. I will never forget it. We were ready to stand around, in the rain, for possibly hours waiting for a locksmith to open up our car for an outrageous amount of money. Nope, not in Eagle.
While the kids and I waited, we browsed the shop and found this little treasure. Actually, I just wanted to buy something because she’d been so nice. It wasn’t until we were headed back to Junction that I realized what a find this book really was.
Okay, that’s the story, now about the book. It’s completely devoted to birds in the Rocky Mountain region, which is nice. We have a few bird books for our homeschool collection, but we didn’t have one devoted to birds in our area. The birds are arranged in these categories: Alpine Tundra and Subalpine Forest, Montane & Parkland Forests, Grasslands, Cliffs, and Canyons, and Wetlands, Rivers, Lakes and Shores.
Each bird gets its own two-page spread. On the left page is a large closeup picture with small tidbits of information surrounding it. On the right, there is information about the bird’s diet, life cycle, habitat, migration, nesting, location, and any other little facts the author decided to add at the bottom.
The best part? It’s written for kids. It’s full of information, but it’s bright, fun, and easy to read. The book disappeared not long after we got home, and a few days ago I found it in my daughter’s room. She had taken it to look at every night before bed. That’s not bad for non-fiction!
While I was writing this post, I found out Ms. Porter has wrote several Wild about Bird books! Here are a few more: