About Woodpeckers: A Guide for Children

Written by Cathryn Sill
Illustrated by John Sill

Twelve species of woodpeckers, among the more than 200 known species, are highlighted in this very informative new book. The beautifully detailed illustrations are part of the educational theme. Beyond what the reader can learn by careful study of the paintings, they also learn a lot by what the author points out with each illustration and in the afterword.

Woodpeckers are pretty much built for what they do. They have strong, sharp bills and powerful necks and thick skulls. They have small feathers over their nostrils to filter out sawdust. Woodpeckers even communicate with their drumming. Most woodpeckers live amongst trees, but some live with cactus and bamboo to drill. They have strong feet and sharp claws plus stiff tail feathers to help hold them up on the sides of trees. Though they can be destructive, they help out by giving other animals holes to live in and by keeping destructive insects under control.

This is an important resource for kids learning about birds and about the environment we all live in. It’s simple and yet complete. It would be a great beginning point for more study.

  • About WoodpeckersTitle: About Woodpeckers: A Guide for Children
  • Author: Cathryn Sill
  • Illustrator: John Sill
  • Published: Peachtree Publishers, 2018
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
  • Grade Level: 1 to2
  • Genre: Picture Book, Nature, Birds
  • ISBN: 978-1-68263-004-4
  • Extras: Afterword, Glossary, Suggestions For Further Reading, Resources

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