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The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies
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Oct 27, 11

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Read in October, 2011

1. This book would fall under the category of a junior book, biography.
2. This book is a biography of John James Audubon, the great bird artist. Born in France, Audubon was sent to the United States when he was a young man. Remembering walks with his father, Audubon spent a lot of time outdoors where he began to take notice of birds. He spent time studying them and making drawings of these creatures. This book details his beginnings.
3. critique
a. The most outstanding aspect of this book is the illustrations made of mixed media. The book lists the media as “Twinrocker handmade paper, college, and found objects.”
b. The mixed media give a sense of what Audubon’s journals and pictures could have possibly been like. The pictures are drawn roughly – unlike Audubon’s later amazing works of art. In his era, paper would not be the paper we are used to, so this is a great guess of what his journal could have looked like.
c. The picture on the first page shows a depiction of the real life scene with a drawing on the side to show the reader what Audubon could have been drawing. This helps the reader connect the pictures to the real life situation. The book also shows real pictures of things found in nature connected with the drawings. It shows what Audubon could have attached with his pictures while he investigated his environment.
4. a curriculum connection
This book is a great book to show the methodology of scientific investigation. It shows how Audubon made an observation, made a hypothesis, and then created an experiment to test his hypothesis. This led him to his conclusion. This is a great, great book for scientific investigation! It could also be related to seasons and how things change over the year. Migration could also be connected to this book.
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