In the tradition of the highly successful Abrams title The Yellow House: Van Gogh and Gauguin Side by Side, this fascinating picture-book biography tells the story of 19th-century artist and explorer John James Audubon. Most people know that he painted The Birds of America, but many don't know what an exciting life he led: narrowly escaping an earthquake, meeting with native peoples, and witnessing flocks of passenger pigeons that literally darkened the noon-day sky. Armed with paintbrushes and canvas, Audubon searched the wild for birds and animals. And he captured many of them...on paper.
Author Jennifer Armstrong used material gleaned from Audubon's own journals to tell the artist's story. Along with the illustrations of Jos. A. Smith are five of Audubon's own artworks that reveal the amazing results of the artist's dedication.
About the Author:
Jennifer Armstrong has written more than two dozen books for young people, including several ALA Notable Books and ALA Best Books for Young Adults, as well as a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book. She lives in New York. Jos. A. Smith has illustrated many books, including Abrams' Circus Train and The Yellow House. A Professor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute, he has exhibited his work throughout the country. He lives in Pennsylvania.