This picture book for children of early school age is based on a true story. It began when "Uncle John" and his friend, Shim'on, brought a large fountain up to "Grandma's" house in the mountains of New Mexico, a high desert state which often is very dry. Uncle John wanted the birds to find water all year round. Slowly and cautiously the first five species of birds one group at a time came to the fountain to drink. The birds that are featured: the American Robin, House Finch, Pinyon Jay, Northern Flicker, and the Dark-eyed Junco. Grandma describes what happens with each group of birds in her yard. To make the book more educational this author has added more information from two books written by authors who have studied bird habits for many years. They are listed in the bibliography.
There are paintings of each bird so that the children can look at the pictures while the birds' features are being described. There are also paintings that help tell the story. It is hoped that this book will inspire children to learn more about the beautiful creatures that fly our skies.
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