Simon James The Birdwatchers

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The Birdwatchers

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Jess and Grandad return in this delightful follow-up to the popular The Wild Woods. "When I go birdwatching, things happen," Grandad says. Sometimes, he says, the birds draw him while he's drawing them. Sometimes, he says, the birds help him find their names in his bird book. "Birds are amazing," says Grandad. But Jess isn't sure. So one day she goes birdwatching with Grandad to see for herself! - Simon James's many bestselling titles include Dear Greenpeace and Leon and Bob, a Smarties Book Prize Silver Medal Winner. - Simon James's books often contain a message about respecting and caring for our natural world, and this is no exception. - Whimsical, witty and poignant, this is a wonderful follow-up to The Wild Woods.

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Things happen when Jess's granddad goes bird watching. Sometimes, when he makes drawings of the birds, they make drawings of him, too. And when he can't find their names in the bird book, his obliging feathered friends help him out. Well, at least this is the story Granddad tells Jess. Intrigued, she just has to find out for herself. The first thing Jess notices when they arrive in the woods is... nothing. Not a bird in sight, even when she uses Granddad's binoculars. But by day's end, Jess has seen plenty of birds--including a pair of dancing penguins who share her sandwich.

Simon James's (Dear Mr. Blueberry, Leon and Bob, etc.) dry comic timing is simply flawless in this warm, thoroughly appealing picture book. Expressive ink and watercolor illustrations capture the gentle balance between make-believe and real, most poignantly when we see a couple of penguins unobtrusively waddling after Jess and her granddad as they make their way home. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

About the Author:

Simon James is the author and illustrator of a number of bestselling picture books. These include My Friend Whale, Sally and the Limpet, Dear Greenpeace, Leon and Bob, which was a Smarties Book Prize Silver Medal Winner, a series abou ta mischievous boy called Jake, and Little One Step. Jess and Grandad first appeared in Simon's picture book The Wild Woods, which was praised by The Guardian as "A breath of fresh air... Full of humour and vitality." Simon has also compiled and illustrated a collection of small poems, Days Like This. Simon says of his work, "I like to capture a large world and at the same time give the reader the sense of being drawn in to an intimate moment or place."

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ISBN 10:  0763616761 ISBN 13:  9780763616762
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