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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky postcard set: Review

We had the opportunity to review a neat set of postcards. This set is titled Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky. Every postcard is an original painting by ornithologist David Sibley.

The box is very sturdy, and is perfect for storing the cards in. I love how it protects the cards and also looks stylish on my shelves. It has five dividers that are labeled according to the type of bird - waterfowl, woodpeckers, wading birds, songbirds, and owls & raptors. 

The postcards are a thick matte paper, thicker than cardstock. They are very sturdy and have rounded corners. One side of the card has is blank on the left and has a stamp box and address lines on the right, just like any postcard. The other side has a painting of a bird or a group of birds. It also has the name and scientific name of the bird. All of the paintings are reprints of original works by the artist. They are beautiful full-color images that would help any person identify the birds included in the set..

I don't know a lot about birds, but I can tell you that a few of the waterfowl cards show the difference between the male and female's plumage, such as the spectacled eider; the snow goose card shows two different morphs. Two cards show babies, the killdeer and the mute swan. But just a handful out of the set of 50 cards show these extras.

Overall this is a very nice set of cards. The paintings are beautiful, yet simple enough to inspire someone to attempt their own. I feel like these cards are a great set to examine for a nature study, or for a young birdwatcher to attempt to create additional cards. They are also a good way for students to practice addressing mail and send notes to friends and family members.

I didn't know what to expect with a set of postcards, but I was pleasantly surprised at how nice and inspirational this set is. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in birds, or to any homeschool families that incorporate nature studies into their week. Can you just imagine a grandparent's excitement to receive a postcard with a hand-written note from their grandchild describing a beautiful bird they identified on their own?

The author has a new item coming in June - Sibley Backyard Birds Matching Game. It looks like it will be a fun and educational game.

Check out Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky today.

This book was sent to me by Blogging For Books for the purpose of review but the opinions are my own.

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