Paperback: 157 pages
Publisher: Golden Press; Copyright 1956 edition (1956)
Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 4 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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This is one book in a series, "A Golden Guide" which made up an extremely important part of my childhood. This 1956 edition was my first real bird guide when I was a pup. Until then, I certainly watched bird, liked birds, studied birds and was absolutely captivated by them. The library in our small town had a couple of musty old volumes which gave written descriptions of birds, with no pictures, but for a young boy, identification of birds was a very difficult process. We simply did not have access to anything better. Yes, Peterson's work was out, but I sure could not lay my hands on a copy. Then, somewhere, some place, my parents found this work for me and it opened up an entire new world. I could actually put a name to many of the birds I had been seeing! You cannot imagine how thrilled I was! And it was hot off the press!Since that time I have gathered quite a large library of books concerning the feathered creatures of the earth. I have dozens upon dozens of field guides and as new ones are published, I cannot wait to rush out and buy them. I literally have thousands of dollars tied up in optics and cameras; all for birds. I have CDs beyond count; recordings of bird calls and I have bookmarked dozens upon dozens of bird sites on the web. Of all this wonderful crap I have, all of which I am grateful for, I don't think one book or one item has ever given me more pleasure than this one little book I received so many years ago. I still have it. It looks like it went through the Crimean War, six tornados, couple of floods and one of my dogs used it as a chew, chew toy years ago, but I still have it.I still thumb through this little book from time to time and I must say that I marvel at the accuracy of the photographs and information provided.
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