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Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream

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As a young man, John James Audubon, the renowned American woodsman and artist, had to make a choice between following his father's dreams for him and discovering his own special destiny. In this beautifully conceived book, Robert Burleigh imagines a conversation in which Audubon tells his father why he has chosen to forgo the ordinary life of a shop-keeper and instead live ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Atheneum Books
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This is a beautiful introduction to Audubon--most of us have seen his artwork of birds, and we know he did some cool study of birds, but really I didn't know much about him beyond that. This is a nice introduction. We learn that Audubon's father wanted him to go into business, but that young Audubon wouldn't let his dreams be stifled and continued to go "into the woods" to look for wildlife--especially birds. His passion was studying them, painting and drawing them, and sharing that work with th ...more
Inspiring book about John Audubon regarding the beauty of nature and why and how he chose the path of conservation. The non-fiction is embedded in a fiction context, with John talking to his father and telling him why he chose to be a naturalist over being a shopkeeper.
Jane G Meyer
Included in our art studies of John James Audubon.

A really lovely concept for a picture book, and my favorite of all the children's books we've read that address the life of John James Audubon. Short, lyrical text, vivid illustrations somewhat in the style of Audubon himself. A good find!
Tadja Potter
Apr 25, 2012 Tadja Potter rated it it was amazing
This book will give children an appreciation for art and literature in forms of paintings and poetry from John James Audubon himself. It taught me about a figure in history I had never heard about before and was written in a way that is creative and interesting...not lagging or boring. The young artist and naturalist who drew the first drawings of birds and plants in the new world writes his father (using passages of his journal) about his wishes to spend time in the woods instead of become a bu ...more
Dec 28, 2012 Peacegal rated it liked it
This lushly-illustrated book celebrates the famed bird illustrator John James Audubon. Unlike many other Audubon biographies for children, this book occasionally pictures the man with a rifle, and the note at the book's conclusion acknowledges that Audubon frequently killed the birds he illustrated. In Audubon's time, birdwatching was done with a firearm rather than binoculars, and one's "life list" referred to number of birds shot, rather than simply spotted.
Written in verse as a letter to his father, and interspersed with quotes from Audubon's journals, this book did not really appeal to me that much. Although beautiful in a somewhat formal way, none of the magic of birds or the natural world comes through.
Aug 29, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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One of the most poignant books on Audubon ever, including his prayerful dialog with Father Creator.

Blends great poetry with journal excerpts. Very well done!!
Jun 23, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
This biography is told in poem form and contains quotes by Audubon. This would be a good companion book to A Nest for Celeste to give kids background knowledge.
Nov 07, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
a quarter of the way through i stopped reading the poetry and just read audubon's own words and looked at minor's pictures. the two didn't need any assistance.
Apr 19, 2011 Marilyn rated it liked it
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This book is half poetry and half John's journal entries. I didn't know anything about the namesake of the Audubon society. Reading this book makes me want to hike the Appalachian Trail ;).
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A wonderful biography of Audobon with samples of his artwork.
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Over the past 35 years, I have published poems, reviews, essays, many filmstrips and videos, and more than 40 children's picture books.

Born and raised in Chicago, I graduated from DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) and later received an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago. I've published books for children since the early 1990s. My books - including numerous unpublished ones! -
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