A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings ~ a Blogging for Books review

Charm of Goldfinches title

The title of this one caught me. Right away. A Charm of Goldfinches? I wanted to know more about that. And that is what this book is about. The subtitle says it well: Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom.

This book is set up with four sections

  • Land
  • Air
  • Water
  • Spotting and Jotting

The first three take various animals from that environment and talk briefly about the animals and how they received whatever their quirky collective noun is. Each animal has a two page spread with a colorful watercolor painting and a few paragraphs of text. Not hard or time consuming to read. Written by Matt Sewell, an ornithologist and artist, we get the best of both worlds.

Find out about an kindness of ravens, a dazzle of zebras, a permutation of starlings or a smack of jellyfish. There is a bask of crocodiles or a pitying of turtlenecks. Find out about more than 50 groups of animals.

Charm of Goldfinches image example

The paintings are beautiful and really add to just how lovely this book is. While you are not going to learn an extensive amount of knowledge, it is fun and the drawings are joyful. To end it right, there is a checklist with drawings of each of the animals so that you can try to collect a sighting of all of the animals mentioned in the book. How fun!

At Home.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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3 thoughts on “A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings ~ a Blogging for Books review

  1. Annette V October 13, 2017 at 7:36 pm Reply

    that looks like a neat book must have been a delight to look through

  2. What I Read – October 2017 | At Home November 28, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply

    […] review on so you can read about it in depth in that post. It is a fun, easy-to-read book about the fun and funky collective nouns used in the animal kingdom. And, it has beautiful paintings to accompany each one. Lovely and […]

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