Sharing a Robin's Life
by Linda Johns
This is a true story of two unusual individuals: County, a robin who chooses to share her life with a human, and Linda Johns, an artist, who was happy to accommodate her. Through the pages of this book, the reader shares the mysterious realm of an intelligent and responsive creature of the wind. This book won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction.
Paperback, 137 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Nimbus Publishing (CN)
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Linda Johns' ability to form and sustain relationships with the birds she nutures is beautiful and amazing. She is willing to let the needs of the birds shape her art and her life, even to the point of accepting an offering of a spider...on her own tongue...from an adoring robin! Birds and art are not something she does in her spare time, they are how she lives her life. Joy and heartbreak and lots of humor are in the book. I read it in awe.
Nov 19, 2011 Diane rated it 3 of 5 stars
An unusual book. The author is an artist living in rural Nova Scotia. She adopts a baby robin and it lives with her for 6 years, raising numerous offspring. Johns adapts her life to the needs of the robin and beautifully describes the robin's behavior during their long relationship. She is not your average person - she loves having crickets in the house, likes the mice until they attract weasels, and spends hours and hours searching for food for the baby robins. Fascinating.