by Jane Yolen
|Jane's husband, David Stemple|
And then, when I was all grown up, I found the man I was to marry, David Stemple. Though we met in New York, he was not a New Yorker. He'd grown up in the mountains of West Virginia. But both of us were working in the city where we had a small apartment.
And then--only then--did I find out about how much I had been missing all those years. Yes, there were pigeons in New York, and ladies with bags of bird seed and nuts feeding them, but there were also owls and hawks and wrens and juncos and sparrows and crows and. . .
Later David--who later became Pa in my book OWL MOON--and I raised our three children on an old farm in Massachusetts. He became a professor and I a writer/editor. But as busy as he was, he always found time to take them out birding even when they were barely walking. He taught them the names of birds, how to listen to birds, and how to identify one little brown bird from another.
When those children grew up, they were birders and all book people. They became writers and photographers and I had a chance to work with each of them on books. And each of them now has well over 20 books published, both with and without me. It has been a great joy for me and a learning curve for all of us. It expands what a mother and her children can talk about. It deepens our relationship. It broadens, too.
And this book--FLY WITH ME--is for all of us a book of the heart, for at the heart of it is their father, dead far too young at 68 of cancer, but still there teaching us all something new every day.
Enchanting stories, lyrical poems, stunning photography, and fascinating science fill the pages of this treasury celebrating the amazing world of birds.
This thoughtful and beautifully curated collection of our flying, feathery friends highlights the role birds play in human life from centuries ago to present day. While it's beautiful, it's also full of valuable real science about these wondrous creatures. From history and behavior to spotting and photographing, there's sure to be something for every bird fan in your flock. Young birders will learn all about migration and the importance of habitat conservation. They'll find stories about bird rescues and fun facts about the fastest, strongest, and tiniest fliers. They'll also discover the best bird nests, sweet songs to sing, ways to listen for and identify the birds around them, and more. Paired with stunning art and photography and beautiful design, this treasury is sure to become a classic for bird enthusiasts of all ages.
Fly with Me was created to help celebrate Year of the Bird, National Geographic's 2018 initiative to bring awareness to the plight of birds around the world.
|L to R: Adam, Jane, Heidi, Jason|
About the Authors: JANE YOLEN is an author of children's books, fantasy, and science fiction,
including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children's literature.
HEIDI STEMPLE was 28 years old when she joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author Jane Yolen. Since then, she has published 20 books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children.
Stemple, her two daughters, her mom, and a couple cats live in Massachusetts on a big old farm with two houses.
JASON STEMPLE is an author and photographer. He lives with his wife and children in Charleston, South Carolina.
ADAM STEMPLE is a novelist and musician. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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