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The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies
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Apr 24, 12

bookshelves: picture-books, k-3, non-fiction
Read in February, 2012

The Boy Who Drew Birds is a very good picture book biography of John James Audoban's years as a young man in Pennsylvania (a native of France, he was sent there by his father to escape the Napoleonic Wars).

The book includes impressive mixed-media illustrations that attempt to convey a sense of what Audubon’s journals and pictures could have possibly been like. As the book relates, Audubon burned all of his juvenalia work, keeping nothing he wasn't satisfied with.

Aside from relating history in a fun and easy-to-digest format,this book also highlights the use of the scientific method through Audubon's experiment in testing the migration patterns of small birds. For teachers, there are several cross-curriculum possibilities.
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