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Sparrow Jack

by Mordicai Gerstein

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2003-05-01)

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Amazon Description

A lively twist on the immigrant story

When John Bardsley leaves England to seek his fortune in America, he finds that his new city, Philadelphia, is crawling with inchworms! No one seems to know how to get rid of them, and the American birds turn up their beaks at the thought of eating any. Recalling his rescue of a very hungry baby sparrow when he was a boy, John comes up with a novel way to solve the problem, and he once again sets sail across the ocean in order to save his new city – with some help from his feathered friends.

Using detailed illustrations, Mordicai Gerstein tells the little-known story of how sparrows came to America and how John Bardsley came to be known as Sparrow Jack.
Sparrow Jack is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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