Bird-Life: A Guide to the Study of Our Common Birds. Teachers′ Edition. By Frank M. Chapman. With 75 full-page plates and numerous text-drawings by Ernest Seton Thompson. D. Appleton & Co. New York, 1899. 12mo, pages xiv + 269 + Appendix, pages 87.
This is the original edition of ‘Bird-Life,’ with an Appendix designed to adapt the work for use in schools. The new matter consists of questions on the introductory chapters of ‘Bird-Life,’ as, for instance, ‘The Bird, its Place in Nature and Relation to Man,’ ‘Form and Habit,’ ‘Color,’ ‘Migration,’ etc.; and, under the head of ‘Seasonal Lessons,’ a review of the bird-life of a year based on observations made in the vicinity of New York City. This includes a statement of the chief characteristics of each month, followed by a list of the birds to be found during the month, and, for the spring and early summer months, a list of birds to be found nesting.
For the use of teachers and students residing in other parts of the eastern United States there are annotated lists of birds from Washington, D. C. , by Dr. C. W. Richmond; Philadelphia, Pa., by Witmer Stone; Portland, Conn., by J. H. Sage; Cambridge, Mass., by William Brewster; St. Louis, Mo. , by Otto Widmann ; Oberlin, Ohio, by Lynds Jones, and Milwaukee, Wis., by H. Nehrling.
The Appletons have also issued this book in the form of a ‘Teachers′ Manual,’ which contains the same text as the ‘Teachers′ Edition,’ but lacks the seventy-five uncolored plates.
This ‘Teachers′ Manual’ is intended to accompany three ‘Teachers′ Portfolios of Plates,’ containing in all one hundred plates, of which ninety-one, including the seventy-five plates published in ‘Bird-Life,’ are colored, while nine are half-tone reproductions of birds' nests photographed in nature. The one hundred plates are about equally divided in portfolios under the titles of ‘Permanent Residents and Winter Visitants,’ ‘March and April Migrants,’ and ‘May Migrants and Types of Nests and Eggs.’