Birds of Prey
Eagles, Hawks, Kites, Owls, Vultures
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Version 1.2: Updated with a new TOC on May 2016
Version 1.1: Updated with the Wikipedia links on Feb 2016
Birds of prey, also known as raptors, are birds that hunt and feed on other animals. They are eagles, hawks, kites, owls, vultures etc.
"Birds of Prey" is an interactive book that readers love to see, look at and touch.
How to use this book:
1. Open the book
2. Touch the picture
3. Discover the name --> See the screenshot
4. Touch the name
5. Learn about the bird
Learning starts with recognizing what it is. The simplicity of this book helps readers to focus on what they see and allows them to be curious about birds of prey: Eagles, Hawks, Kites, Owls, and Vultures.
What's New in Version 1.2
The table of content has been re-designed for better UX.
Expected more ...
One photo for each bird when I expected photos from every angle (in flight, on the nest, in typical habitat). Some of the photos are close ups where the bird is barely recognizable (please correct me if maybe my initial pass through the book failed to find a treasure trove of photos ... But I did tap, slide, double tap, etc. and I could find only one photo). I'll try harder.)
And the short paragraph with each photo was not what I expected. Again maybe I need to try harder. Maybe I will discover links to more information. For most birds we are given body length and wingspan, for some there are interesting facts of calls and life expectancy (but were is the link to an audio file or more details on its life history, range maps, and its status (common or endangered?).
I expected the table of contents to take me directly to the selected species but it didn't work for me. I had to scroll to #101 to see the Zone-tailed Hawk (could not scroll left from #1). Pages 102 and 103 give credits with an opening statement saying the book was created to help children (my granddaughter, age 8, would be disappointed with the lack of information and missing links to other sources like Wikipedia). Oh, sorry, I do see one photo credit for Wikipedia (going to that species, #2, I see no link to Wikipedia). Going to Wikipedia for that species I see the picture that this author reproduces here along with three other photos, references, external links, info on nest building, food it prefers, it's natural habitat, details of its plumage, and the fact that it has an unusual trait, a double-jointed knee ... Something I am sure my granddaughter would find interesting. All such details are missing from three sentences the author of this book give us.
Yes I am disappointed with my purchase. Still the photos are very nice, one for each species (I verified). I recommend you stick with Wikipedia "the free encyclopedia".
Feb 2016. Version 1.1 answers most of my criticism ... Sorry to be so negative! Maybe I just need to be more patient. Now, with links to Wikipedia, the reader (young and old ... That's me) will enjoy this book. This is more what I expected. For the World traveler with an interest in raptors this might be the best reference to have on your phone or tablet.
I will watch for version 1.2 ... May be good reason to add that fifth star! Thanks.
One more request … for 5 stars
The Table of Contents should enlarge (Zoom In) when double-tapped or fingers spread. I can read it on my iPad but not on my iPhone. Even when held horizontal (Landscape) on my large screen iPhone 6+ the font is almost too small for my old eyes (with glasses).
My iPhone screen when held landscape cuts off the bottom of the Table of Contents. The photos at the bottom of the screen cover entries #21, 43, 66, and 88. And the “bulls-eye” under the photos (that returns you to photo #1) disappears.