New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.
Sixth Printing. Hardcover. Signed by David Allen Sibley to special What It's Like to Be a Bird bookplate affixed to flyleaf. 11 1/4" X 8 3/4". xxxii, 203pp. Bound in full glossy color printed paper over boards. Gentle bumping to tail of spine, else fine, firm, tight, and sound. Pages are clean, bright, and unread. A highly presentable signed early printing of this beautiful bird book by David Sibley, author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing--and why
"Can birds smell?" "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?" "Do robins 'hear' worms?" In What It's Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds--blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees--it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin. David Sibley's exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life. (For most species, the primary illustration is reproduced life-sized.) And while the text is aimed at adults--including fascinating new scientific research on the myriad ways birds have adapted to environmental changes--it is nontechnical, making it the perfect occasion for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the big, full-color illustrations of birds in action. Unlike any other book he has written, What It's Like to Be a Bird is poised to bring a whole new audience to David Sibley's world of birds. Near fine. Item #7463