Synopses & Reviews
'This handsome book makes a beguiling introduction to the painter.'
'Sweet\'s relaxed watercolor style and skillful incorporation of collage, plus a lively narration that illuminates Audobon\'s passion for observation and sets his pivotal insight into context, make this appealing vignette a fine introduction to his work.'
This winsomely imagined account of an episode when Audubon was 18 years old joins the flocks of commemorative works. Sweet's illustrations soar.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Davies related her story with immediacy, evoking Audobon's keen curiosity and the lure of the outdoors as she describes his gradual discovery of some important facts about bird migrations.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
This handsome book makes a beguiling introduction to the painter.
Sweet's relaxed watercolor style and skillful incorporation of collage, plus a lively narration that illuminates Audobon's passion for observation and sets his pivotal insight into context, make this appealing vignette a fine introduction to his work.
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 Americaand#8217;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.
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.
About the Author
'Melissa Sweet said that trying to write her first book, was initially like walking around the Library of Congress. But then a love of words (like pluck, dawdle, trouble, and voila) took over. She is the illustrator of many fine children\'s books. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as \"exuberant,\"\"outstanding,\"and \"a creative delight.\"Red in all of its huesscarlet, carmine, fuchsiaremains her favorite color. She lives in Rockport, Maine, with her family and dog, Rufus.Jacqueline Davies is the talented author of two novels, as well as picture books. Jacqueline lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.'
Read the Kids' Q&A with Melissa Sweet