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Summary: Jean Jacques Audubon, son of a French Sea Captain, was born in Haiti in 1785. Beginning in early childhood, he was fascinated with birds and their habitat. He was determined to preserve the beauty and habitat of birds for posterity by painting life-size portraits of them. This is a fictionalized version of John Audubon's life.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 9 and up
Adult Reader Reaction: This is the story of how Audubon developed his childhood interest in birds and nature into becoming a world renowned naturalist.
Pros: This story offers a great example of how a young person can follow his dream; and with determination and dedication overcome obstacles to make his dream come true.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! For a middle-schooler's bookshelf, a classroom or a school library. This book is one of twelve in the Young Patriots Series. The author knows her audience and she crafts stories that resonate with them.
Educational Themes: Audubon faced many obstacles and challenges on the road to reaching his goal. He was patient, determined, resilient, and focused and the result was success. In 1827, his book Birds of America was first published. It is still a major resource in American Ornethology and he continues to be respected as one of the great American Naturalists. Hard work and dedication does pay off.