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This STEM Friday is For the Birds


Today’s post is contributed by Sue Heavenrich, who writes about science and books at Archimedes Notebook.

I don’t need a calendar to mark the season: just the slant of the sun and the noisy birds outside my window every morning let me know that it’s spring. To celebrate the return of the robins – and red-winged blackbirds and mourning doves and …. I’m sharing a book about birds.

For the Birds: the life of Roger Tory Peterson

Written by Peggy Thomas; illus. Laura Jacques

40 pages, for ages 8 & above

Calkins Creek, 2011

I knew I would love this book from the moment I opened the cover – immediately inside is a field description of a birder, complete with identifying markings, habitat and range notes and a clear description of its call. What a great way to introduce a biography of the guy who gave us the Peterson Guides.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what a bird or flower or tree or rock is, there’s a good chance you’ve grabbed a Peterson guidebook. The idea of organizing information so anyone can access it quickly – whether by flower color or the silhouette of a bird – that’s only one of Roger Tory Peterson’s gifts to us. He also helped develop a public conservation awareness that endures.

You’ll find an interview with author Peggy Thomas at Archimedes Notebook

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8 thoughts on “This STEM Friday is For the Birds

  1. I loved Roger Tory Peterson’s guides. At SimplyScience, I have Our Earth by Joanne Mattern for STEM Friday.

  2. Great post, Sue! Thanks for being the guest host. At NC Teacher Stuff, I have posted a review of Energy by Matt Mullins

  3. Beautiful image! Thanks for hosting.

    Also check out What Does Green Mean? by Barbara Webb for STEM Friday at

  4. Wonderful book review and post! I’m going to add it to my “must-reads!”

  5. I’m in love with that illustrator and I’m sure the story is delightful. Thanks for posting about this book.