For the birds The life of Roger Tory Peterson

Peggy Thomas, 1960-

Book - 2011

"To some, he was "Professor Nuts Peterson," but to the world he was Roger Tory Peterson. For the birds: the life of Roger Tory Peterson tracks this American artist, activist, and passionate bird lover from his days as a child, to art student, to creator of the Peterson Field Guides, to global environmentalist. Peterson's guides were revolutionary--simply written and drawn for everyone to enjoy the birds, animals, and plants of the outdoors. Millions of copies have sold to Author Peggy Thomas and artist Laura Jacques worked closely with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York, to create the first children's book about this great naturalist."--book jacket.

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Honesdale, Penn. : Calkins Creek c2011.
1st ed
Physical Description
40 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 40).
Main Author
Peggy Thomas, 1960- (-)
Review by Booklist Review

This picture-book biography introduces Roger Tory Peterson, a noted American painter and naturalist, as a geeky but determined 11-year-old who loved to draw and preferred observing birds outdoors to sitting in classrooms. After high school, he couldn't afford to study ornithology in college. Instead, he painted furniture, studied art for a while, and began teaching. Meanwhile, he worked hard identifying birds, painting them realistically, and writing his practical book A Field Guide to the Birds, which has inspired generations of birders. Weaving many avian metaphors into the text, Thomas creates an interesting and informative portrait of Peterson. Illustrations include small, precise ink drawings as well as large, colorful pictures in a soft-edged realistic style that has a digital look. While the latter illustrations vary in their effectiveness, some are excellent, particularly the close-ups of birds in flight and the closing view of Peterson working in his studio. Lists of books, articles, and websites are appended. A very accessible introduction to Peterson and his work.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist

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A boyhood love of birds turned into a lifelong passion for Peterson (1908-1996), an American artist, author, and activist. Birds are clearly a passion for illustrator Jacques, too; her dramatically lit, hyperreal full-bleed paintings often put various species of birds front and center, making it crystal clear why Peterson found them so captivating. Thomas provides a thorough account of Peterson's life (and additional information in back matter), taking readers through his childhood explorations in the woods near his home in Jamestown, N.Y., to his successes as a painter and author and his later efforts to protect the habitats of birds around the globe. Ages 8-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Gr 3-5-Lifetime bird enthusiast and eventual author of numerous field guides, Peterson makes an impressive subject in this picture-book biography. Thomas starts with her subject's youth (he loved the outdoors and preferred the company of animals to other children) and follows chronologically to his death at 87 in 1996. The text is clear and lively. As a boy he went to his town's city hall to explain that he could not possibly be home by the 8:45 curfew because he was studying moths. The chief of police signed a permit allowing him to be out until 11. Full-page, gorgeous, and uncaptioned illustrations draw readers' eyes away from the text. One painting shows young Peterson about to poke a seemingly clueless bird. Turn the page, and the yellow winged flicker bursts across the spread, flying off to safety. One scene shows him in Brooklyn, NY, observing a raptor carrying a hapless, tiny rodent in its talon. Small, black on white silhouettes adapted from Peterson's guides are also shown. Further biographical information, touching on such things as his three marriages, is appended, along with a note on The Peterson Effect, which helped people better appreciate the plight of birds and other animals. Thomas's prose and Jacques's art work in tandem to rescue Peterson from obscurity for this age range.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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