The Secrets of Animal Flight

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Spectacular photos fascinate kids.

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Parents need to know that there is nothing of concern in this informative, stunning book.

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What's the story?

Information about flying animals and the mechanics of flight is accompanied by stunning, state-of-the-art high-speed photography that lets readers see every detail of birds, bats, and insects while the animals are in flight.


Is it any good?

The author includes lots of fascinating information about flying, but what makes this book a standout is the extraordinary photography. According to the jacket copy, Nic Bishop has developed a high-speed technique for photographing insects on the wing, which has put him in the forefront of insect photography internationally.

The results are incredible close-ups of stunning, jewel-like clarity, in which even the veins of a flying dragonfly's wings are perfectly clear. This technique allows the author to show all the stages of a bird's upstroke and down stroke, with every feather standing out as vividly as a Japanese paper fan. This lovely, fascinating book encourages and rewards close inspection by revealing what the naked eye can never see.

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  • Families can talk about how animals fly. How are the mechanics similar among different animals? How are they different?

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