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I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird: My Adventures Photographing Wild Animals from a Helicopter

by Robert B. Haas

Published by National Geographic, 2010
64 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4263-0693-8

Ages 9 and older

Robert B. Haas is known for his breathtaking aerial photographs of the natural world. His birds-eye perspective has enabled him to capture some remarkable scenes, like the time a flock of flamingos on the ground below him morphed into a flamingo-shaped mass of pink birds. In this captivating photo-documentary, Haas begins by describing his work taking pictures from helicopters and small planes, where safety is dependent first and foremost on having an excellent pilot, but two safety harnesses are also a must. He goes on to chronicle how he achieved the spectacular photographs shown, touching on the drama of nature, his artistic approach, and some of the specific challenges he faced. His conversational narrative is full of enthusiasm for his work and appreciation for the natural world, both of which shine from his photographs.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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