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“We've been knocked to our knees by the delightful illustrated essay collection… you don't have to care all that much about birds to get sucked into [Zickefoose’s] dreamy illustrated stories of bluebirds and phoebes, titmice and ospreys. In delicate, subtle strokes of the pen and brush, she reveals a lifetime of backyard friendships—moments spent observing a bluebird couple or listening to the calls of scarlet tanagers….Zickefoose has spent a lifetime observing this particular corner of the domestic-wild world, and she did not escape these experience without gaining both wisdom and humor—about mates, about our obligation to help others or set them free, about loss and about thankfulness." —Oprah.com’s Book of the Week
Library Journal’s BEST BOOKS OF 2012: Science & Technology
2013 Ohioana Book Award, nonfiction
“Beguiling stories from a naturalist’s life with backyard birds....Describing her songbirds with a delicacy of words and brush strokes, Zickefoose makes learning about birds seem like the adventure of a lifetime. A wonderful treat for birders.” —Kirkus
"The Bluebird Effect" is a terrific read and a feast for the eyes. Buy! Buy! Buy!" —The Charleston Gazette
"insightful essays and lovely illustrations...[Zickefoose has] drawn sketches and painted vivid pictures with words, letting us see much more about those not-so-common lives outside our windows." —Seattle Times
Julie Zickefoose began illustrating natural history subjects as a college freshman in 1976. Since then, her writing has been featured in Bird Watcher's Digest, on NPR's All Things Considered, and her book of illustrated essays Letters from Eden.
This book is a joy to read. Julie Zickefoose is quite an artist. The book is filled with beautiful watercolors and lively sketches of drawings of birds. Read morePublished 1 month ago by josephine briggs
Julie Zickefoose is a superb artist and naturalist and she lives a life where birds play a huge role in her creative endeavors. Read morePublished 3 months ago by dale k.
If you love birds and nature you will love this book. Julie Zickefoose is an excellent writer and her artwork throughout the book is beautiful.Published 3 months ago by janet hughes
I really enjoyed reading about the author's experiences raising injured or orphaned birds. I learned much--and shared the dilemma of having pets/inmates like Charlie, the parrot. Read morePublished 5 months ago by triplesss
One of my favorite author / illustrators - I have another of her books purchased through Amazon. Reasonably priced ad good quality, good condition used. Will buy again!Published 5 months ago by Nancy Jenkins
This book is a birder's delight. One of my favorite books of all time. Couldn't put it down. Great writer. She has lived it, and eloquently conveys her life and loves. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BBSTR