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July 7, 1997
Wood's text gives readers helpful clues about the settings for Florczak's ornate and impressively diverse double-page spreads. Employing a variety of media, Florczak captures the light and air of every locale, so that each takes on its own character and life, from the pigeons in an urban park to a heron taking flight over water. Depicting the birds in the foreground against a frame of indigenous flower and fauna, Florczak then takes the bird in the context of its habitat to convey its size and scale. The illustrations naturally draw the reader's eye . . . Common sounds . . . will carry readers through the book, but watching the birds take flight is what they'll remember.
August 15, 1997
"Wood covers 14 birds from North America in their original habitats in this sumptuously illustrated, visually busy book. . . The spreads offer panoramic views of habitats, portraits of the birds, and stylized borders of state flowers characteristic of the habitats. The juxtaposition of these borders and extremely realistic paintings of the birds can be startling, but appealing."