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My Baby Blue Jays

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A blue jay building a nest outside his window prompts John Berendt to find his camera and record the familiar, yet always fascinating sequence of events that will unfold, from eggs being laid to chicks emerging and trying to fly. Children and adults alike will be astonished at the adventurous spirit of one particularly curious young blue jay as he ventures into the world. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Viking Juvenile
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Edward Sullivan
I especially appreciated this story after recently having a Carolina wren build a nest and hatch chicks in my carport.
Monika
My daughter is completely fascinated by this book. She studies each photo so closely, and asks questions as I read. The text reads as if the author is sitting in a recliner, a child in his lap, showing off the photos he has taken, telling the child a bit about each one. My Baby Blue Jays has a truly delightful tone which catches (and keeps!) a child's attention and wonder.

I love that the book is basically a nature photo essay which takes place in the city. New York City, specifically. John Beren
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Amy
Dec 16, 2013 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: children, nf
Wow. There are so few good NF titles for small children that when I read one, I'm thrilled. "My Baby Blue Jays" is one such title. The author took pictures of a mama Blue Jay building a nest right outside his NYC apartment and then he took subsequent pictures of the building of the nest, the laying of eggs, the babies being born, etc. It is charming and written for young children, probably best for those up to second grade.

Imagine my surprise when I read that this is the same John Berendt who wr
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The birds is here.
Amber Graves
John Berendt finds a blue jay nest with eggs in it. He decides to make a journal about the life of these baby blue jays, with pictures depicting every stage of their lives. These baby blue jays grow up, leave the nest, and go out on their own. John focuses in on one of the baby blue jays and sees him every now and then as an adult.
Lesley
nice simple story for children of the life of baby blue jays. the author lives in new york city and blue jays built a nest on his balcony than took pictures of the babies and their progress in life.
Jim
great photos.
berendt kept referring to the birds as "husband and wife" for some reason i found that annoying. other than my hang-up on that it is a terrific book.
Elizabeth Ferry
Would make a great gift book for a book lover. Hope to remember to give it to my nephews at Christmas.
Carissa
A set of blue jays make their nest on the author's balcony and he records the lives of the babies.
Margaret
Apr 08, 2013 Margaret marked it as hardcopy-review-to-read
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Laura
I really liked the story of blue jay's that built a nest in the city.
Elizabeth
The photographs look like something I could have taken with my cell phone.
Heather
A nice simple book about the nature around us.11
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The son of two writers, John Berendt grew up in Syracuse, New York. He earned a B.A. in English from Harvard University, where he worked on the staff of The Harvard Lampoon. After graduating in 1961, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. He was editor of New York magazine from 1977 to 1979, and wrote a monthly column for Esquire from 1982 to 1994.

Berendt first traveled to Sav
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