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Words in Our Beak

Volume One

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Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author. 

What's New in Version 1.2

Format issue (text box expansion page 65). Grammar issue (second sentence page 5). Format issue (text box expansion page 146). Grammar issue (Pages 49, 56, 58, 75 and 94). Line spacing issue (Page 84.)

Customer Reviews

Fascinating Book!

This is an amazing book that gives you true information in a birds perspective! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about cardinals. This book is worth every penny!

-Sophia Miranda

What a great book!

This is a five-star book, coming from an unheralded author with some amazing creativity about the birds in her back yard terrace in the middle of New York City. This reviewer has been there and seen it, but the story told by Cam, the friendly female Cardinal, goes way beyond what anyone might expect. We learn about her competitors for food, the House Finches and the Mourning Doves without getting a lecture, but from the “bird’s eye” view. Surprising is the in-depth exposure to the flora, the lovely flowers of this garden. Totally unexpected is the bonus of seeing the stop-motion photography of the flowers on Vimeo, sometimes for a whole week. Fascinating! Cam reveals some ornithological subtleties as well, about House Finch eye disease of a few years ago. The extra bonus is the accuracy of the Latin names as well as the common names in both the flora and the avian life. If you lived in a fourth floor walk-up apartment on the upper Westside, you could never have more fun than Cam the Cardinal is having talking about her life people-ing and flora-ing. Patricia Youngquist, The Last Leaf Gardener (TLLG) may become a famous person, while we wait for her to write the next volume on the other birds that visit the garden. Anyone can buy a bird book these days with exceptional quality photos of the birds, but here we have hundreds of superb photos of just three birds that tell the story that Cam sees with her eyes. Reading this book can be an exceptional experience for birders, city dwellers and gardeners all over the world.

Words In Our Beak

This is a beautifully written book told in the voice of Cam, an endearing and curious garden bird. A bird living in a lovely NYC residential garden. Beautiful and charming photography brings it all to life. Very creative...clever!

Words in Our Beak
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  • $8.99
  • Level: Grades 3-17
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Nature
  • Published: Jun 22, 2015
  • Publisher: Patricia Youngquist
  • Print Length: 158 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.2
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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