Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #102

23 Dec


The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James AudubonThe Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A boy’s fascination with birds and nature leads into a passion that will revolutionize the study of birds. I appreciated the author’s and illustrator’s notes at the end of the book at how they approached this picture book. This brief glimpse into John James Audubon will inspire readers to find out more about him.

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Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American RevolutionGingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution by Mara Rockliff
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a very basic biography of a now-so-well-known person, so basic in fact that the actual story text didn’t really give a clearer picture of the baker. The illustrations were cute and the endpapers include a recipe for gingerbread.

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4 responses to “Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #102

  1. carriegelson

    December 23, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Always appreciate your honest reviews Earl

  2. Jane Whittingham

    December 23, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I appreciate it when authors and illustrators give you a bit of background about why they approach the story the way they did. It’s always interesting to see inside the minds of creative people! šŸ™‚

  3. Linda Baie

    December 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Both shared some, and perhaps the books will spark an interest for some kids & further research. I enjoyed the Gingerbread one because I’d never heard about him at all. Have you read A Nest for Celeste, by Henry Cole? It’s a chapter book that’s illustrated, too, about a mouse & interwoven with the early story of Audubon. I was rather fascinated by it, and several teachers (of younger students) used it as a read aloud when studying birds. Thanks Earl for sharing these books.

  4. alybee930

    December 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Earl – Thank you for participating each week in the nonfiction challenge!


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