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Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild frontier

Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild frontier

Jennifer Armstrong
Illustrator:  Jos A. Smith 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 9
Abrams, 2003   ISBN: 978-0810942387

One of the greatest naturalists of all time, John James Audubon, set out to paint all the different birds America. An adventurer at heart Audubon could not settle down to be a farmer or a store keeper. He was forever heading off into the wilderness to observe, collect and paint birds. He saw huge flocks of passenger pigeons, a species that is now extinct, and watched a flock of trumpeter swans scare off a pack of wolves. Audubon experienced all the privations and excitements that the western frontier had to offer: an earthquake, tremendous snows, and inhospitable bears.

This is an interesting and well researched picture book biography about a man whose painting and notes about American birds are still enjoyed by bird lovers today .At the back of the book the reader will find notes from the author and the illustrator about Audubon and their personal experiences studying his life and work.