To our long awaited delight, the 2nd Edition has arrived from the printer and is now officially registered as In Stock and published. It was an amazing blessing that throughout the virus pandemic the process proceeded, though slower than anticipated. However, while all plans for marketing the book through schools, presentations and booksellers are on hold, the website and Facebook are alive and well. Many of my dear blog followers have purchased the previous edition and kindly given appreciative reviews.
Yes, the beautiful Splendid Fairy-wren is featured on the cover and in the book as in the previous edition, displaying his beautiful breeding plumage but what makes this edition better than the last?
1. A More Colorful Layout…
The blue used throughout this book is a very unique shade which the publisher extracted from the Splendid Fairy-wren. It is this colour which has made this book stand out when it sits among other books in bookstores. It is a selling feature and helps confirm the uniqueness of the book itself, using the behavioural characteristics of our beautiful Australian birds to teach valuable life skills, assisting our youth to make good life choices. The photo does not do it justice but gives one an idea:
2. Improved and Additional Images of the Birds…
Since the publication of the 1st Edition I have collected many better photos which are more appropriate to the text. Some have been further improved. One of the highlights of this book was the inclusion of Sally Corte’s well known Jacana carrying babies photos. These are the only photos from another source in my book, as they are very rare captures and Sally permitted me to use them, for which I am greatly appreciative.
3. Additional Birds and Life Skills Included…
This edition has 80 pages whereas the previous had 72 pages. Seven new birds have been added to the group, dealing with areas of life which concern Primary School aged young people, as well as many teens and adults, which makes this book more helpful. Consultation with educators, counselors and children themselves moved me to include these, as well as revise the text of previous birds. This book complements the NSW Public School Personal Development Curriculum (K-6).
The Noisy Miner has been included to deal with the most troublesome of problems with school children: bullying.
The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo deals with playing safe and fair.
The Emu our flightless bird is also included.
The Currawong almost missed out being included, but did eventually make it in at the last moment, teaching the universal principle of What one sews, so they shall reap. or What goes around, comes around.
4. Increased Printing and Postage costs have been Minimized…
The book is available from my Birdbook page.
The book being larger in content and pages costs more to publish, but we were able to minimize the increase to clients so that it is now $33 AU for Aussie residents and $44 AU for International residents. This includes the postage and packaging for one book, which is great value considering the postage charges are going up all the time.
It remains a great gift Idea for any pre-teen or early teen. I am at present constructing a Special Gift Package Offer where one can order the package for a child or friend for a special occasion and receive a signed copy of the book, a unique gift card with a bird photo from the book (one of 7 to choose from), and invitation to the Young Birders Blog. It will be posted to the address of the intended recipient on behalf of the purchaser.
To Conclude, let me encourage all of us that are confined to home or on a stay-cation as we are, renovating etc. to purchase and maintain your birdbaths, as they can be a wonderful way to see and appreciate your local birds. Our birds have begun to trust us being present as they bathe. A couple of our regulars will allow us to move about and be only a few feet away without alarming them. My Home Page has more information for you on the best position and other factors to attract Australia’s wild birds (scroll down a little to find the info). Remember our birds are very unique in requirements to our Northern Hemisphere birds. My wife and I get much enjoyment from our birds, and I sometimes have to refill their baths three times a day. Interesting they have a roster which they fill like clockwork each day. They all come at their appointed time and leave as others come in. Several species sometimes share the baths. The alpha male Magpie reigns supreme and gets his way every time.
Stay Safe! Enjoy your local birds! Buy a book or two for a special family member…
My Mission: To encourage young people to make good life choices, using birds to teach important life skills.
W. A. Hewson (Adv. Dip. Counselling & Family Therapy).
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