The Birdwatchers by Simon James

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A grandfather shares with his grandchild the quiet wonder of birdwatching - and a wry talent for telling a tall tale.

"When I go birdwatching, things happen," Granddad tells little Jess. Sometimes, he says, while he’s drawing pictures of the birds, they draw
pictures of him. And sometimes they help him out by finding their own names in his bird book. "Birds are amazing," says Granddad, but Jess isn’t so sure. So one day she goes birdwatching with Granddad to see for herself.

With expressive line-and-wash drawings, Simon James captures the leafy grandeur of the outdoors and the warm, special rapport between a child and a granddad, illustrating once again the huge happiness to be found in little things.

About Simon James

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Simon James is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including THE WILD WOODS, DAYS LIKE THIS, and LEON AND BOB, which was named a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Simon James says of his work, "I like to capture a large world and at the same time give the reader the sense of being drawn in to an intimate moment or place.
Published May 1, 2002 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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This gentle, intergenerational story successfully conveys in a simple and authentic voice a granddaughter’s first birding experience.

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But the narrative quickly takes a turn: the elderly gent explains that, when he sketches the birds, they sometimes make drawings of him as well (the accompanying illustration shows man and feathered friend perched high on a tree limb, sketch pads and pencils in hand—er, wing).

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