SHARING A ROBIN'S LIFE

SHARING A ROBIN'S LIFE

by Linda Johns
     
 

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This is a true story of two unusual individuals: County, a robin who chooses to share her life with a human, and Linda Johns, an artist, who was happy to accommodate her. Through the pages of this book, the reader shares the mysterious realm of an intelligent and responsive creature of the wind. This book won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction. See more details below

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This is a true story of two unusual individuals: County, a robin who chooses to share her life with a human, and Linda Johns, an artist, who was happy to accommodate her. Through the pages of this book, the reader shares the mysterious realm of an intelligent and responsive creature of the wind. This book won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is an absolutely enchanting story of a remarkable human-bird relationship. When artist-naturalist Johns found a robin fledgling by the roadside, she placed it in a nearby tree. No parent came to claim it, however, so Johns took ``County'' home, intending to release her later. Instead, County stayed, joining a household with two pigeons and a duck. With Johns's help, County was able to follow the rituals of wild robins, even indoors. She went through migrating patterns, built nests, laid eggs. Johns removed eggs from wild nests for County to brood; when they hatched, County made it clear that she expected Johns to help nurture the babies as a father robin does. In addition to its charm, this account offers new insight into robin behavior. The accompanying color photos will captivate readers. (July)
Library Journal
No North American bird is more familiar than the robin, native to all the mainland U.S. states and all the Canadian provinces, but few humans have had as close a relationship with a robin as is chronicled here. Johns took a female robin fledgling, whom she named County, into her rural Nova Scotia home, where for several years human and bird formed a virtual pair bond. Johns assumed much of the role that a male robin would fill in nature, such as gathering food (County much preferred insects to earthworms); she also collected fertile eggs from wild robins' nests to replace County's sterile clutches and helped raise and return to the wild several broods of young. This is an unusual story, straightforwardly told, that most animal lovers will enjoy. Recommended for public libraries. For a more scientific approach to bird behavior, see Theodore Xenophon Barber's The Human Nature of Birds , reviewed above.--Ed.-- Paul B. Cors, Univ. of Wyoming Lib., Laramie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551090559
Publisher:
Nimbus Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
07/01/1993
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.49(d)

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