This lively STEAM picture book is about the life of Gene Stratton-Porter, a pioneering wildlife photographer and popular author from the late 19th and early 20th century, who showed the world the beauty of nature, especially birds, and why it was worth preserving.
Gene Stratton-Porter was a farm girl who fell in love with birds, from the chickens whose eggs she collected to the hawks that preyed on them. When she grew up, Gene wanted nothing more than to share her love of birds with the world. She wrote stories about birds, but when a magazine wanted to publish them next to awkward photos of stuffed birds, she knew she had to take matters into her own hands. Teaching herself photography, Gene began to take photos of birds in the wild. Her knowledge of birds and how to approach them allowed her to get so close you could count the feathers of the birds in her photos. Her work was unlike anything Americans had ever seen before—she captured the true lives of animals in their natural habitat. A pioneering wildlife photographer and one of the most popular authors of the early 20th century, this bird girl showed the world the beauty of nature and why it was worth preserving.
About the Author
Jill Esbaum is an author of more than 100 books for children. She is well-known for Teeny Tiny Toady, which made the Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2016 list, and I Hatched, a NY Times Editor’s Choice. Her recent books include Jack Knight's Brave Flight, a Bank Street Best Book.
Rebecca Gibbon is an award-winning illustrator. Her titles include Nellie vs. Elizabeth, which made the Bank Street Best Books list and was one of Smithsonian Magazine's Ten Best Children’s Books of 2022, and Marjory Saves the Everglades, which received more than six honors, including the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students list. Her work has also made the ALA Notable Book list and received starred reviews from PW and School Library Journal.
"Esbaum’s...conversational text engagingly conveys her subject’s single-minded pursuit of her passion: sharing her love of birds with the world. Gibbon’s...evocative acrylic-ink and colored-pencil illustrations depict the eraand the beauty of the environs." —The Horn Book