A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings: Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom (Hardcover)

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Bookseller: Ellyne
Title: A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings

I was probably won over well before I was almost run over by a gang of turkeys; but gangs, flutters, bellowings and ostentations, I believe, will win anyone over.

You'll find a harem of seals and a "charm" of illustrations offset by the author's musings...a memory of elephants...a - I'll stop!

FYI, no turkeys in this book, but turkeys are a crop, a dole, a  posse, and a raffle, in addition to being a gang. 

— From Ellyne


"Most groups of wildlife can be described as a flock, herd, or shoal—but where is the fun in ending there?" — from the Introduction

Whether you're an animal lover or a grammar geek, illustrator Matt Sewell has the perfect menagerie of beasts (and beast-related terms) for your reading pleasure. Along with fifty-five gorgeous color illustrations, Sewell presents the unexpected collective nouns used to describe groups of animals on land, in the air, and in the water. Discover the secret behind a "sleuth of bears," keep your eyes open for a "watch of nightingales," and learn something new about a "school of whales." Illustrated in inimitable watercolor, this book makes a great gift for nature and art lovers everywhere.

About the Author

MATT SEWELL, who has been described as "the Banksy of the bird world," is an avid ornithologist and artist. He is the author of Owls, Our Garden Birds, Our Woodland Birds, Our Songbirds, and Penguins and Other Seabirds and has illustrated for the Guardian and Big Issue among many other publications. His art has been exhibited in London, Manchester, New York, Tokyo, and Paris.

Praise For…

"A Charm of Goldfinches radiates magical charm, making it a little treasure."
-- Texas Gardener

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399579394
ISBN-10: 0399579397
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 144
Language: English