Mato's Journey

Mato's Journey

Mato's Journey

Mato's Journey


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Mato knows he's supposed to be proud of being a mockingbird, but the loud, flashy blue jay and the other backyard birds taunt him for his dull gray feathers and his dreams of adventure. He wants to peck insects like the woodpecker, sip nectar like the hummingbird, or join the waxwings on their exciting trip to the faraway place. However, as Mato grows up, he begins to realize that colorful feathers aren't the only things that make a bird special.

Join Mato on his adventures in the backyard and beyond in a coming-of-age story that reveals the hidden lives of the birds right outside your back door.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781953021991
Publisher: Belle Isle Books
Publication date: 02/02/2023
Pages: 60
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

Dave Bowles developed a love of birds while growing up in his rural home just outside ofBirmingham, Alabama. He also has a talent for writing, which was first noticed while a student at Jacksonville State University, where he wrote for the school newspaper for four years.Upon graduation, Dave pursued a career as an Army Aviator, retiring at the rank of LieutenantColonel. Dave's fascination with birds has been a life-long interest, as has his writing talents, which served him well throughout his military career and subsequent pursuits. As a certified life and leadership coach for a large industrial company, Dave has coached dozens of individualsthrough difficult challenges, further developing his insight into human behavior, and authored widely-read leadership columns. Dave and his wife Abby live on the Chesapeake Bay, where they enjoy watching birds and chasing their four grandkids.

Elizabeth Lester is an art teacher, artist, illustrator, and author. As a painter of nature, Elizabeth has endeavored to engage children with the wonder of nature through the illustra-tions in this book. As an art teacher, she has inspired her students of all ages to create and express themselves through art. Her field study work has been to document the salt marshes of the Eastern Shore of Virginia through plein aire painting. Her paintings inspired Elizabeth to write historical fiction novels set in the 1800s on the beautiful Eastern Shore of the Delmarva Peninsula. Her pen name is Dollie Veralice.
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