The Boy Who Drew Birds

The Boy Who Drew Birds

A Story of John James Audubon

Book - 2004
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John James Audubon was a boy who loved the out-of-doors more than the in. He was a boy who believed in studying birds in nature, not just from books. And, in the fall of 1804, he was a boy determined to learn if the small birds nesting near his Pennsylvania home really would return the following spring.
This book reveals how the youthful Audubon pioneered a technique essential to our understanding of birds. Capturing the early passion of America's greatest painter of birds, this story will leave young readers listening intently for the call of birds large and small near their own homes.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2004.
ISBN: 9780618243433
Branch Call Number: j B AUDUBON
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sweet, Melissa


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May 11, 2016

It’s tough to write an engaging biography in children’s picture book form. Davis nails it, and Sweet’s gorgeous drawings, paintings, and collages are a treat. They succeed by limiting the book to a particular part of Audubon’s life, and using details of his upbringing and his personality to make him come alive. Great book about observation and learning, the natural world, and a pleasure to read.

Jul 18, 2014

This book was informative for me and the illustrations were wonderful. My almost 4 year old liked it too, although it's geared to slightly older children.

Feb 01, 2011

I asked my 7-year-old son what to rate this, & he said, "Top." It's a beautifully illustrated book about the young Audubon, not only his artmaking but also the experiments he did to learn more about bird migration.


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