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Songs to Birdsby Jake Page
Synopses & Reviews
Jake Page is one of those rare and refreshing naturalists with a palpable gift for writing. Here he concentrates, more or less, on his favorite subjects: birds. And in these essays, they are presented in every stripe, the swaggering starlings, the querulous gulls, kingbirds, blackbirds, and crows. But birds only provide the skeletons upon which Page hangs the real meat of these pieces: how animals behave with each other, with us, and with the world at large. His real story is how life evolves and interacts, how ponds gradually support an ecosystem, how birds migrate, how animals communicate (even how toads copulate). Page asks questions and gives answers with a marvelous wit - with the curiosity of a humanist and the insight of a scientist. It is this combination of his scientific curiosity and his ability to express himself so stylishly that makes him a writer of such charming felicity. His is a mind of uncontrolled inquiry, one attuned to the natural (and often unnatural) world around him, a sensibility that delights us with its intelligence and insight.
Book News Annotation:
Some 20 light and witty essays by New Mexico-based naturalist Page in which his observations of birds and their behavior leads to ponderings on the meaning of life, the nature of humanity, and other deep subjects. Some of the material has appeared previously in The Smithsonian, National Geographic, The Washington Post, and other periodicals. No index or bibliography.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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