August 16, 2019

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Hot sun and hummingbirds. Orange trees with dark green leaves. These were some of John James Audubon's earliest memories.
This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon
Nancy Plain

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon

By: Nancy Plain
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

Birds were “the objects of my greatest delight,” wrote John James Audubon (1785–1851), founder of modern ornithology and one of the world’s greatest bird painters. His masterpiece, The Birds of America depicts almost five hundred North American bird species, each image—lifelike and life size—rendered in vibrant color. Audubon was also an explorer, a woodsman, a hunter, an entertaining and prolific writer, and an energetic self-promoter. Through talent and dogged determination, he rose from backwoods obscurity to international fame. In This Strange Wilderness, award-winning author Nancy Plain brings together the amazing story of this American icon’s career and the beautiful images that are his legacy. Before Audubon, no one had seen, drawn, or written so much about the animals of this largely uncharted young country. Aware that the wilderness and its wildlife were changing even as he watched, Audubon remained committed almost to the end of his life “to search out the things which have been hidden since the creation of this wondrous world.” This Strange Wilderness details his art and writing, transporting the reader back to the frontiers of early nineteenth-century America. Finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award 2016.  --from University of Nebraska Press

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The Race to Save the Lord God Bird
Phillip Hoose

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

By: Phillip Hoose
Recommended for grade(s): 8

The tragedy of extinction is explained through the dramatic story of a legendary bird, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and of those who tried to possess it, paint it, shoot it, sell it, and, in a last-ditch effort, save it. A powerful saga that sweeps through two hundred years of history, it introduces artists like John James Audubon, bird collectors like William Brewster, and finally a new breed of scientist in Cornell's Arthur A. "Doc" Allen and his young ornithology student, James Tanner, whose quest to save the Ivory-bill culminates in one of the first great conservation showdowns in U.S. history, an early round in what is now a worldwide effort to save species. As hope for the Ivory-bill fades in the United States, the bird is last spotted in Cuba in 1987, and Cuban scientists join in the race to save it. All this, plus Mr. Hoose's wonderful story-telling skills, comes together to give us what David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds calls "the most thorough and readable account to date of the personalities, fashions, economics, and politics that combined to bring about the demise of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker." -- From Macmillan

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Birding Is My Favorite Video Game: Cartoons about the Natural World from Bird and Moon
Rosemary Mosco

Birding Is My Favorite Video Game: Cartoons about the Natural World from Bird and Moon

By: Rosemary Mosco
Recommended for grade(s): 5

Birding is My Favorite Video Game is a collection of fun, quasi-educational comics combining weird science, cute visuals, sweet wit, and a strong environmental message. Based on the popular webcomic Bird and Moon, this collection brings facts about birds, bees, and insects to life in the quirkiest, most wonderful way. -- From Andrews McMeel Publishing

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The Legend Of The Hummingbird
Michael R. Ramirez

The Legend Of The Hummingbird

By: Michael R. Ramirez
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A girl and boy from rival tribes have their love protected and immortalized when they are changed into a red flower and a hummingbird. —-From Independent: Mondo Publishing

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