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The Birdwatchers

by Simon James

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Candlewick (2002-05-01)

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Amazon Description

A grandfather shares with his grandchild the quiet wonder of birdwatching - and a wry talent for telling a tall tale.


"When I go birdwatching, things happen," Granddad tells little Jess. Sometimes, he says, while he’s drawing pictures of the birds, they draw
pictures of him. And sometimes they help him out by finding their own names in his bird book. "Birds are amazing," says Granddad, but Jess isn’t so sure. So one day she goes birdwatching with Granddad to see for herself.

With expressive line-and-wash drawings, Simon James captures the leafy grandeur of the outdoors and the warm, special rapport between a child and a granddad, illustrating once again the huge happiness to be found in little things.

One Potato Review

After the histrionics of Baby Brains, a peaceful return to the woods, and to the quiet wonders of an artist’s imagination. A nice little story about a girl and her grandfather that never panders to either one of them, or to us. Plus: Penguins! 

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