Gr 4-7This colorful and highly informative book presents an abundance of facts about these birds' habits, breeds, and close association with humans. Patent traces the origins of pigeons from their forebears, the rock doves of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. Descriptions of one of these descendants, the feral pigeon, will provide food for thought for readers who are used to seeing pigeons as part of an urban environment. Substantiation of pigeon intelligence is provided through a chapter devoted to that topic, which includes examples of different experiments done to determine the birds' mental capabilities. The usefulness of homing pigeons and their long history of serving humankind is described as is pigeon racing (the national sport in Belgium). Full-color photos of these diverse and interesting creatures add much to the text, while a glossary and index help make it a valuable resource. For those who thought pigeons were just an annoying fact of city life, this book is enlightening. It should also be of interest to any student doing research or simply curious about the many varieties and talents of the pigeon family.Carol Fazioli, Cardinal Hayes Library, Manhattan College, NY
From the Publisher
This must-have manual shows owners precisely how to feed, train and provide proper care. Readers will also gain valuable insights into the behavioral patterns. The lucid text is enhanced by 8 full-page color photos and nearly 30 line drawings
"Although her mother thinks the time spent raising and training racingpigeons is wasted, 11-year-old Mary and her father take pride in their brood. It helps them to forget . . . the unemployment and the skimpy meals they deal with as an English family caught in the depression of the 1930s. When her father must leave home to find work, Mary is determined to enter her pigeon, Speedwell, in a race in France and bring home the prize money.