About the Author
Writer/artist JULIE ZICKEFOOSE is fascinated by the interface of birds and people. She is the author of Natural Gardening for Birds; Letters from Eden: A Year at Home, in the Woods; The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds; and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest. She is the only person ever to specialize in painting the day-to-day development of nestling birds. Studying blue jays, a familiar yet deeply mysterious species, has opened a new world to her. She lives and documents the lives of birds, bobcats, coyotes, deer, and other wildlife on an 80-acre sanctuary in southeast Ohio.
"No artist has ever depicted the development of nesting birds until now. In this marvelous new work, wildlife rehabilitator, artist, and author (The Bluebird Effect, 2012) Zickefoose rectifies this woeful lack by producing beautifully rendered watercolors and drawings illustrating the enormous changes nestling songbirds undergo every day as they grow up. As Zickefoose says, “there’s magic in the nest,” and the immediacy of her mostly drawn-from-life images will grab readers and immerse them into the nestlings’ daily reinvention...Grab this one for the illustrations, then get pulled in by the prose."
—Booklist, starred review
"Baby Birds is a sweet, beak, tweet, treat. A gorgeous book that takes you intimately into the nest in a lyrical, lovely way. A treasure for all ages."
—Jamie Lee Curtis, actress and author
"Is there anything Julie Zickefoose won’t do for a baby bird? Doubtful. This foster mother carries tiny nestlings against her belly, sings to them, performs emergency microsurgery, scrambles up bug omelets, and blow dries their nascent feathers. It’s all done in the interest of figuring them out and capturing their transformation in glorious color, hour by hour, day by day. When Julie peers into the nest, we all learn something important not just about bird life, but about our place in the world.”
—Melissa Block, NPR Special Correspondent
"There is no one I know who draws birds so exquisitely, and writes so touchingly about their lives. In her newest book, Julie Zickefoose details the tiniest nestlings with masterful strokes of her brush, gracing the miracle of their growth until they fledge. The stories that accompany each chapter are equally enchanting. I loved it."
—Jane Alexander, actress, author, and conservationist
“BABY BIRDS, despite its modest title and informal tone, [is] a breathtaking achievement, one of the most appealing natural-history books I have ever encountered.”
—Jonathan Rosen, WSJ