In the intimate language of one who watched birds daily, Karle Wilson Baker brought readers face to face with the wonders of the East Texas woods in the 1930s. She wrote about tiny warblers, industrious chickadees, and purple finches; the aery trills and tantalizing color flashes of the hummingbirds; the bell tones of the wood thrush; the daily visits and rare drop-ins of the prolific bird life of the region.
In a daily diary she kept throughout her life, Baker recorded her observations of the many birds that lived in the heavily wooded setting of her Nacogdoches home, called Tanglewood. When her family moved from the house, she collected her essays on bird life into this volume, illustrated by her daughter Charlotte and published in 1930.
Her little classic speaks with the voice of her times to readers today who enjoy their avian companions.
|Publisher:||Texas A&M University Press|
|Series:||Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Commerce Series , #11|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
KARLE WILSON BAKER, the third person to be named a Fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters, was the best-known and most frequently anthologized poet from Texas in her time. CHARLOTTE BAKER MONTGOMERY became a celebrated author and illustrator of books for children. She still lives in Nacogdoches.
What People are Saying About This
Karle Wilson Baker was ahead of her time in her passionate devotion of the observation of birds, sharing her delights and frustrations through a highly descriptive narrative that can be characterized as paintings with words. Her unabashedly anthropomorphic and engaging interpretations of the behaviors of familiar feathered friends are a delight to read, and her philosophical musings are sure to awaken or renew in the reader a deeper sense of appreciation for our avian neighbors and the real reasons we take such pleasure in observing them. The delightful drawings contributed by the author’s daughter, Charlotte Baker, add a sensitive charm to the work, providing a rare glimpse of days gone by.Mimi Hoppe Wolf