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The Natural World

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Beautiful illustrations in a picture book about the natural world told from a bird's eye view. Children will learn so much about the world in just over twenty pages.
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This book is a birds eye view of the world.  My son loved it as you travelled around the world looking down.  It gave you information about that part of the world, that enable you to learn about it and then talk about what you could see.  The pictures are cartoon like and the text clear and simple to read.  A good book to learn about the world and the things within it.
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Bird's Eye view shows a different perspective while providing useful information on geography and ecosystems. Beautiful and educational
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"The Natural World" take a different approach to take young readers to view our mother nature from above, like birds would. 

What I love about the book:
1- Not only it is packed with useful information about plants, animal habitats, landscapes, and random geology information, it could be used as a look-and-find book which younger readers would appreciate. 

2- The book covers major landscapes all over seven continents

3- Beautifully illstruated

The information, however, could be choppy and all over the places. For the purpose of introducing natural science to children, the random information definitely could hold young readers' attention well. But reading the book as an adult, I find myself very difficult to focus and to absorb the information. To me, I find it is very difficult to read this with my 5yo son. Regardless, I still think "The Natural World" is a wonderful book to readers of all ages. I highly recommend it to parents and educators who savor quality reading materials for children.
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I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Quarto Publishing Group - words & pictures and NetGalley for my unbiased opinion of the book.  I loved the illustrations and graphics in the book made it very colorful and interesting to read.  I liked all the natural habits of the winged animals they focused on including their diet etc...  I will be giving this book out for Christmas gifts!
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"Bird's Eye View: The Natural World" written by John Farndon is a beautifully illustrated (by Paul Boston) children's book on ecosystems, animals, birds, and geography that is both informative and lovely. The book is full of wonderful facts, pictures of beautiful creatures, birds, and other types of fauna that is very interesting to children and adults alike.

The book starts in North America in the Everglades then moves to the Amazon rain forest in South America. Next, the bird's eye view moves to the Pacific atolls formed atop volcanoes from long ago. Next, the book moves along to Australia, China, and the Ural Mountains in Russia. It moves on to the Himalayan mountains and then to the Serengeti plains of East Africa. Lastly, the book concludes in Europe exploring Northern Scandinavia, Wales and Ireland.

This literally covers so much ground in just over twenty pages. It is sure to occupy children hours reading and learning as they move from place to place like a bird soaring over the earth.

 I received this eBook free of charge from Quarto Publishing Group – Words and Pictures via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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For some reason my ARC had white pages with black text boxes around outlines of where the images should be. Only from page 30 did I get the picture(s) and see that we are in a balloon looking down on natural beauty around the world, from grasslands to taiga, with the creatures which live here named and some human activity shown as well. 
Children will probably want to skip quickly through the pictures and come back and read the text. They can absorb fascinating facts and get familiar with landscapes. More, they can see how different creatures live adapted to different environments. 
If I had been able to see the full pages I might have given a better rating. I enjoyed the pages I did see. Ideal for budding naturalists. Kids might ask parents how some words are pronounced and this would be helpful for class projects on different countries.  
I downloaded an e-ARC from Net Galley. This is an unbiased review.
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This book may have been labelled as a children's title, but I loved it! The illustrations are so gorgeous, they make my heart happy! I almost can feel the exhilaration of looking down from the sky at those vast expanses of earth. I learned a lot too from the text - I guess I'm that adult who reads children's books to learn the basics without having to read too much. The colorful and beautiful pictures certainly help!

I think this book would be perfect for bonding and learning time as you go through it with your young children. Get them to look for the animals that are featured at the bottom of the page in the main spread of the page.

I would love to see other areas of the world covered in a book for adults in this sort of format!

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. This is my honest review.
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'Bird's Eye View: The Natural World' by John Farndon with illustrations by Paul Boston is a non-fiction look at the world from a unique perspective.

Have you ever wondered what the world looks like to birds?  In this book the different continents are explored from way up high.  Starting in Florida and heading West, this book explores the terrain, habitats and animals that make up our world.

The paintings in book are landscape and two-page, but occasionally there are 4-page layouts.  There are lots of details on every page, and there are things to look for on the pages.  
The text is nice as well.  Helping young children to get a bigger grasp on the world we live in by changing perspective is a really nice approach.   I enjoyed getting a chance to review this book.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group-words & pictures, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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This book is a magnificent journey across the world, shown to us from the sky or 'a bird's eye view'.

Each full-page spread shows us a location in amazing color from a bird's eye view, with a visual list of animals that are native to that area at the bottom of the page. There are lots of educational bits of text throughout, showing and telling us about the ecosystems, habitats, and the animals that live there.

This incredible book spans the world and shows us unique geographical features and habitats from each continent.

Starting out in the Florida Everglades, we travel down through the Amazon and Andes Mountains in South America, across the Pacific to Australia, upwards through Asia into Russia, down over the Himalayas and across the Indian Ocean to Africa, then up through Europe and the UK before traveling back to the United States and touching down in Central Park.

We were extra tickled that our journey started out in Florida, which is where we live and explore and are always on the lookout for gators and the other critters that are native to our unique state!  
We really enjoyed this book and hope to add it to our little library to reference in the future!
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Have you ever heard or sung the Raffi song about the great beautiful planet in the sky that is our home?  I thought about that song while immersing myself in this beautifully illustrated book that is suggested for children aged 7 to 10.  I think that adults will enjoy it too!

The conceit is that we are in a hot air balloon traveling around the globe.  We are high enough up for a panorama but close enough to see the details of each landscape.  We start the journey in the Florida Everglades and end in France.  Along the way, we spend time in other places including the Amazon, Uluru Rock in Australia, the Himalayas, the African Serengeti, Scandinavia and more.  In each place that is visited, readers learn about the flora, fauna and unique aspects of each locale.  The book ends with a reminder to take care of the environment and to value nature.

The detail in the illustrations is remarkable.  The text itself also is filled with interesting facts.  This book is a great introduction to the geography of our world. 

 Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the experience.  All opinions are my own.
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It is not a long book and quick book. Images are nicely done. Great books to teach kids about nature by looking from the sky. INtroduced to different animals and the environment. Not in-depth, basic introduction to places and animals.
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I enjoyed this well enough. I think it'd perhaps be better for a classroom than a personal collection. I found the lack of real connection between the stops/pages a bit jarring for me as an adult. I'm not sure a child would care, however. I then got confused about why we went from Russia to Wales to Scandinavia then back to Ireland then back to France but what do I know about European geography, maybe it does make sense.

As a sidenote I was required to read the eARC in Adobe Digital Editions and it was very difficult to actually see the full-page spreads in that software. Just something to think about for the publisher.
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This book is colourful, well written and fun. It provides a birds eye view of different landscapes and areas of the world. This is perfect for engaging younger children and informing older ones. It’s deal for the primary classroom.
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This is a pretty book that had some good qualities but missed the mark in some areas. It's a short book that shows areas of the world from a bird's perspective with bright illustrations. Along the bottom of the fold out pages are lots of animals you'd find in each biome. There is quite a lot of text, meaning it would not work very well for a read-aloud with some kids. That said, it's pretty dry and I can't see a lot of kids choosing to just sit and read through it. I don't know who the audience is. Kids can learn a small amount just by looking at the illustrations. The areas chosen seemed a bit random and also missed the mark at times. Flying over the Amazon, we see one little area that's clear cut and I thought there would be some information about this. Nope (not that I could see, anyway, parts of the text on fold out pages were too small to read on my ARC). The areas chosen seemed kind of arbitrary too, with an emphasis on places white folks and wildlife live. We have Florida, the French countryside, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Welsh hills, and so on. Places like Australia and Africa are shown with no signs of cities or people. It gives the impression that people hardly inhabit any of the world that birds see. It's kind of a miss for me.

My rating system:
1 = hated it
2 = it was okay
3 = liked it
4 = really liked it
5 = love it, plan to purchase, and/or would buy it again if it was lost

I read a temporary digital ARC of the book for the purpose of review.
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Wonderful illustrations on natural places around the world. Introduces kids to habitats of various countries, and allows kids to discover animals from other cultures. Suitable as an easy going book that introduces geography for young kids.
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Thank you to netgalley for providing a copy of this book for our review. This one takes you on a trip around the world to view different landscapes and animal habitats from a bird’s eye view (from a hot air balloon). This book is packed with information and would be great for elementary readers and younger non-readers. Even adults might learn something! There is a fun seek-and-find element with various animals and even some different kinds of trees. The illustrations are so colorful and eye-catching. This one is set to be released tomorrow!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has so much to offer: beautiful, colorful illustrations;geography and ecology of the lands of the world; animals species of each area; and a wealth of additional information to open curious minds and foster further investigation. I can't wait to share this with my grandchildren!
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If you want to show your child what birds see while flying, it is a good book to start. The book consists of 22 pages and covers 14 topics. Here a young reader not only discovers beautiful views, but also learns interesting facts about animals, birds and the environment. Bird’s eye view  is one of those books that you should have in paper because it makes you feel, not only see. 
Thanks to the authors and NetGalley for a kindly provided review copy.
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"Pampas deer grass" should be ‘pampas deer graze' I suspect on the South American page.

This colorful and educational book is quite literally what it says: a bird's eye view of various places of beauty and fascination in the world, starting in the Florida Everglades and going down over South America, out to a Pacific atoll, then across the Pacific to Uluru Rock in central Australia, up over the Guilin Hills in China, across the Asian Steppes, down over the Himalayas, through East Africa, across to Wales, on to Northern Scandinavia, back to the Irish coast, and then to France.

At each stop we learn about the animals and plants that live there, and a little about the ecology and how the land got to be that way at that location. It was unusual, fun, and very interesting, and hopefully it will lure readers into learning more. I don't think anyone who has read this book or anything like it can fail to see what horrible things we're doing to our planet and how urgent it is that we stop doing those things and rectify the evil we've already perpetrated. I commend this fully as a very worthy read.
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