Well, I think Christmas came early for me this year. I occasionally browse the nine (nine!) charity shops in our local town in the hope of finding a forgotten treasure. If I’m lucky I’ll find a book to add to my collection. Last week however, I was delighted to discover all these for just a few pounds.
Matt Sewell’s adorable illustrations in Our Songbirds, an old copy of Nature’s Playground, Nature through the Seasons by Peter A. Gerrard, Bird Sense by Tim Birkhead, Caught by the River – a collection of words on water, and Jeffrey Sachs, The Price of Civilisation.
I’m especially looking forward to Bird Sense. My children are always asking me questions like ‘if you could be an animal, which one would you choose?’. I usually say some kind of bird – an eagle or an owl. Solitary creatures with immense freedom. I do wonder what it would be like to soar over land and sea as they do. In his book, animal behaviour scientist Tim Birkhead explores what it is like to be a bird…
‘Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses – vision, and hearing – but how exactly do their senses compare with our own? And what about a bird’s sense of taste, or smell, or touch, or the ability to detect the earth’s magnetic field?’
Not sure when I’m going to find time to read all of these, along with the other books on my reading list, but I hope to eventually get around to doing a post about each of them. If you could be any animal, I wonder which you would choose to be and why?