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A blue jay building a nest outside his window prompts John Berendt to find his camera and record the familiar, yet always fascinating sequence of events that will unfold, from eggs being laid to chicks emerging and trying to fly. Children and adults alike will be astonished at the adventurous spirit of one particularly curious young blue jay as he ventures into the world. The author of the best-selling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil brings his narrative skill to this up-close and delightfully informal account of an event that recurs each spring.
From Savannah to Venice to... the balcony? In a major departure from his bestselling adult nonfiction, Berendt (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) delivers a warm photo-essay about a pair of blue jays that make their home on his apartment balcony in New York City. While the arc of the story nest-building, laying eggs, the first flight of a fledgling is an old one, Berendt's telling is welcoming and personal, as if he were relating the story to a child in his lap while paging through a family photo album. "He must have told her that he'd found a place where they could build a nest," he says of the blue jay and his mate. "Do you know why I think so?" Set within scalloped borders against a cream backdrop, the photographs provide a remarkably intimate view of the birds' lives, though, as might be expected, occasional images are a bit blurry or pixilated. Despite a somewhat flat ending, this is a lovely first book for budding bird watchers or naturalists. Ages 5 8.