Why Don't Birds Fall from the Sky?

Text by Ilya Kolmanovsky, illustrated by Alina Ruban

Did you know that the smallest bird in the world is a hummingbird native to Cuba? It weighs about 2.6 g. On the other hand, the world's largest bird is an ostrich, weighing over 100 kg, and it can't even fly!

How do birds take off? Why do pigeons swallow pebbles? What holds bird feathers together and smooth? Why is a small head beneficial to a bird? How can birds fly without flapping their wings? In this first book of The Pocket Scientist Library series, Ilya Kolmanovsky writes about the wonder of birds in flight and nature's genius engineering. The book closes with an easy hands-on experiment that allows readers to understand the different mechanisms involved in the flight of a condor and a duck.

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Ilya Kolmanovsky is a biologist by training and a journalist, teacher, and popularizer of the science trade. He hosted and produced Pink Giraffe's “Pocket Scientist” podcast. Currently, he hosts a top-rated Russian science podcast, “The Naked Mole-Rat”, and is a frequent lecturer and commentator.

Alina Ruban is a children's book illustrator. She graduated from the Higher Academic School of Graphic Design. She worked with many different publishers and was the illustrator of the guidebook for the State Historical Museum of Russia. In 2019, she was awarded the prestigious “Image of a Book” prize by the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications.

Non-fiction, Series
Age: 4+
Pages: 32
Size: 180*230 mm
Published in 2020 by Pink Giraffe

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