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2.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  12 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Naturalist, artist, woodsman—all these descriptions fit John James Audubon, and each of them adds its own color to the story of his life. His personality grips the imagination—unflagging energy drove him from Pennsylvania to Texas, from Florida to Labrador in his unending search for birds; salty humor was capable of self-appraisal; unwavering devotion served Lucy, his wife ...more
342 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1936)
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Mar 27, 2014 Eireanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: newberry-medal
I agree with Jill's review, I don't think I could have gotten through this book if it weren't for my goal of reading all the Newbery and honors books. I don't know if it was just me, but I couldn't focus at all, I kept zoning out, the book just couldn't capture my interest. Which isn't to say Audubon himself didn't capture my interest, as I could relate to him in many ways. I just think the writing was rather dry, and it seemed to take me way too long to finally reach the end. At one point, I th ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Jill rated it did not like it
Shelves: newbery-honor
If it weren't for my interest in birds and my desire to read through all the Newbery Honor books I wouldn't have gone past the first chapter. Yes, I can see its merits in that it thoroughly depicts American life in Audubon's time...a little too thoroughly, I might add, but I felt that the majority of the book was Rourke trying to find new ways to say the same thing. It's a tiresome read and I was not thrilled to see she has another Newbery honor winner, Davy Crockett. You can bet I'm going to pu ...more
Aug 26, 2011 Dianne rated it really liked it
I love this book. It was written in 1936 and when you pop it open it
smells like a library book from my childhood-yours may be a newer
edition but this was a plus for me. There is big simple print and a
sensible cover with line drawings at the head of the chapters-I just
love it. There are a few badly executed Audubon prints scattered
through the book-printing methods at the time couldn't acurately
reproduce them I'm sure but they add a little. Her writing is
lush with description of people, places and
Thomas Bell
Nov 29, 2015 Thomas Bell rated it it was ok
Shelves: newbery-honors
Well, by about page 250 it got a little less boring. But it sure was hard to get that far.

This is a story about an amateur bird painter and scientist. It tells the story of how he didn't like his work, how he wasn't very bright with money, and how he tried to improve himself. Again and again and again. Finally he starts getting ready to publish and the book doesn't seem quite so bad anymore.

And the author seems to think that he is actually the lost Dauphin of France. Yeah, probably not. FYI, som
Dec 01, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Shelves: newbery, ya, art, biography
All one would want to know about Audubon: his life and art work. Didn't put together that he was a contemporary of Danial Boone and that he explored the wilderness too.
Scott Williams
I am reading this along with dd11, who will be reading and narrating this book along with our history studies.
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