Crowded to the end-papers with good advice for beginning birdwatchers, Look Up deftly balances facts and fun. Cate asks readers to rediscover places they may have thought too boring for wildlife. She advocates sketching as a way to become familiar with each bird's characteristic form as well as bright markings.
Information on how a bird's beak or
foot are clues to its way of life lead into observing bird behavior.
The double-page spread on sparrow “field mark fashions” will
double up with laughter anyone who has finally learned to identify
those little brown birds. Cate concludes with an introduction on
how to use field guides and think about habitat.
Adults who enjoy nature can share
with children as a prelude to outdoor adventures. Look
Up is a 2014 Sibert Honor
book for the most distinguished informational books published in the
previous year. The format and watercolors in Finding Birds in the Chesapeake Marsh
make it a good bridge from Look
Up to pocket field guides
like Peterson First Guide to Birds of North America.
Jim Arnosky's beautifully illustrated Watching Water Birds is a picture
book in size but a field guide in information quality.