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Bird Girl: Gene Stratton-Porter Shares Her Love of Nature with the World

Gene Stratton-Porter was a farm girl who fell in love with birds, from the chickens whose eggs she collected to the hawks that preyed on them. When she grew up, Gene wanted nothing more than to share her love of birds with the world. She wrote stories about birds, but when a magazine wanted to publish them next to awkward photos of stuffed birds, she knew she had to take matters into her own hands!

Teaching herself photography, Gene began to take photos of birds in the wild. Her knowledge of birds and how to approach them allowed her to get so close you could count the feathers of the birds in her photos. Her work was unlike anything Americans had ever seen before — she captured the true lives of animals in their natural habitat. This lively STEAM picture book about a pioneering wildlife photographer and one of the most popular authors of the early 20th century celebrates how this bird girl showed the world the beauty of nature and why it was worth preserving.

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"Esbaum relies on simply stated language and syntax, emphasizing Gene’s love of birds and allowing her determination to shine through. Gibbon’s glowing, detailed acrylic-and-ink illustrations appear in vignettes or in full-page or double-page spreads, matching and enhancing the text. Though greatly respected in her own time, Gene Stratton-Porter is far less well known today; this work rectifies that oversight — this self-taught woman naturalist will come alive for young readers." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Jill Esbaum
Illustrator Rebecca Gibbon
ISBN 1635926866
Publication Date Mar 12, 2024
Publisher Calkins Creek
Language English