Amazon Rating
4.5/5
Western Writers of America Spur Award Winner

The Life and Art of John James Audubon

Birds were “the objects of my greatest delight,” wrote John James Audubon (1785–1851), founder of modern ornithology and one of the world’s greatest bird painters. His masterpiece, The Birds of America depicts almost five hundred North American bird species, each image—lifelike and life size—rendered in vibrant color. Audubon was also an explorer, a woodsman, a hunter, an entertaining and prolific writer, and an energetic self-promoter. Through talent and dogged determination, he rose from backwoods obscurity to international fame.

In This Strange Wilderness, award-winning author Nancy Plain brings together the amazing story of this American icon’s career and the beautiful images that are his legacy. Before Audubon, no one had seen, drawn, or written so much about the animals of this largely uncharted young country. Aware that the wilderness and its wildlife were changing even as he watched, Audubon remained committed almost to the end of his life “to search out the things which have been hidden since the creation of this wondrous world.” This Strange Wilderness details his art and writing, transporting the reader back to the frontiers of early nineteenth-century America.

Awards for This Strange Wilderness

* YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
* Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
* National Outdoor Book Award
* Nebraska Book Award
* Booklist Editors’ Choice
* Booklist “10 Best Children’s Biographies 2015”

* Booklist “Top 10 Science & Health Books for Youth 2015
* ”Booklist starred review
* Kirkus “Nine Teen Titles That Adults Shouldn’t Miss”
* Kirkus starred review
* Moonbeam Spirit Gold Award in Environmental Issues
* USA Best Book Awards Finalist in Young Adult Nonfiction

Awards

* YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
* Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
* National Outdoor Book Award
* Nebraska Book Award
* Booklist Editors’ Choice
* Booklist “10 Best Children’s Biographies 2015”

* Booklist “Top 10 Science & Health Books for Youth 2015″
* Booklist starred review
* Kirkus “Nine Teen Titles That Adults Shouldn’t Miss”
* Kirkus starred review
* Moonbeam Spirit Gold Award in Environmental Issues
* USA Best Book Awards Finalist in Young Adult Nonfiction

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