The Bluebird Effect by Julie Zickefoose
Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds

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Julie Zickefoose lives for the moment when a wild, free living bird that she has raised or rehabilitated comes back to visit her; their eyes meet and they share a spark of understanding. Her reward for the grueling work of rescuing birds—such as feeding baby hummingbirds every twenty minutes all day long—is her empathy with them and the satisfaction of knowing the world is a birdier and more beautiful place.

The Bluebird Effect is about the change that's set in motion by one single act, such as saving an injured bluebird—or a hummingbird, swift, or phoebe. Each of the twenty five chapters covers a different species, and many depict an individual bird, each with its own personality, habits, and quirks. And each chapter is illustrated with Zickefoose's stunning watercolor paintings and drawings. Not just individual tales about the trials and triumphs of raising birds, The Bluebird Effect mixes humor, natural history, and memoir to give readers an intimate story of a life lived among wild birds.

 

About Julie Zickefoose

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Julie Zickefoose began illustrating natural history subjects as a college freshman in 1976. Since then, her writing has been featured in Bird Watcher's Digest, on NPR's All Things Considered, and her book of illustrated essays Letters from Eden.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 384 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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“For most of my life, I’ve tried to fix broken birds,” writes painter and songbird rehabilitator Zickefoose (Backyard Birding, 2011, etc.) in this account of her rescues of cardinals, robins and more than 20 other bird species.

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She rails against the extinction of ivory-billed woodpeckers and is transported by “tanagers being tanagers, in all their unfathomable beauty and grace.” Birders will appreciate her meticulous observations and devotion to the avian world, but anyone who’s ever considered hanging a birdfeede...

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we need to be flint-hard at the core...The reward is in understanding how a bird thinks, how it develops....That empathy with wild birds is my pay for a job very few choose to take on."

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The Bluebird Effect, Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds by Julie Zickefoose, March 2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is a jewel of a book.

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City Book Review

I personally enjoyed reading this book aloud with my nine-year-old son, who discovered a greater appreciation and understanding of the birds that already interest him.

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Library Journal

In addition to writing and illustrating for Bird Watcher’s Digest and other magazines, she has authored Backyard Birding: Using Natural Gardening To Attract Birds and Letters from Eden: A Year at Home in the Woods.

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Artist and writer Zickefoose illustrates and reflects on 25 diff

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