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The boy who drew birds : a story of John James Audubon

by Davies, Jacqueline, 1962-

Format: Print Book 2004
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This fascinating picture book biography from beloved author of the Lemonade War series Jacqueline Davies and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Melissa Sweet chronicles the life of scientist John James Audubon, who pioneered a technique essential to our understanding of birds thanks to his lifelong love for the species.

If there was one thing James loved to do more than anything else, it was to be in the great outdoors watching his beloved feathered friends.

In the fall of 1804, he was determined to find out if the birds nesting near his Pennsylvania home would really return the following spring. Through careful observation, James laid the foundation for all that we know about migration patterns today.

Capturing the early passion of this bird-obsessed young man as well as the meticulous study and scientific methods behind his research, this lively, gorgeously illustrated biography will leave young readers listening intently for the call of birds large and small near their own home.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 2-4. The story opens with 18-year-old French naturalist John James Audubon roaming Pennsylvania countryside in search of birds. In an effort to determine whether individual birds return to the same nests in the spring, he uses silver thread to band some fledgling peewee flycatchers. He observes them as they grow through the summer, leave for the winter, and return the following year. An appended historical note explains that Audubon was the first person in North America to band a bird and that Audubon became the greatest painter of birds of all time, while a source note details which parts of the story are based on speculation, and an illustrator's note comments on research, inspiration, and technique. Sweet's mixed-media collage artwork includes sensitive pencil sketches and ink drawings washed with watercolors and gouache, as well as elements such as photos of bird nests and bones. A good companion to Jennifer Armstrong's picture-book biography Audubon (2003), which relates several incidents in the painter's later life, this handsome book makes a beguiling introduction to the painter. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies, illus. by Melissa Sweet, tells of the naturalist's lifelong study of his feathered friends. Author and artist portray Audubon as a curious and dedicated young adult who meticulously studied birds, their sounds, characteristics and behavior. Sweet uses a combination of pencils, ink and watercolors overlaid on several different types and textures of paper, and often incorporates photographs of fossils, feathers and more. A handsome presentation of this influential man's life. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Audubon, John James, -- 1785-1851 -- Juvenile literature.
Ornithologists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Animal painters -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Co.,2004
Contributors Sweet, Melissa, 1956-
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 0618243437
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