This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon [SCM]

by Nancy Plain Author

(From Amazon): 2016 Spur Award winner for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction from Western Writers of AmericaYALSA Excellence in Nonfiction FinalistNational Outdoor Book AwardBooklist Editors' Choice BookBirds were "the objects of my greatest delight," wrote John James Audubon (1785 1851), founder of modern ornithology and one of the world s greatest bird painters. His masterpiece, The Birds of America depicts almost five hundred North American bird species, each image lifelike and life size rendered in vibrant color. Audubon was also an explorer, a woodsman, a hunter, an entertaining and prolific writer, and an energetic self-promoter. Through talent and dogged determination, he rose from backwoods obscurity to international fame.In This Strange Wilderness, award-winning author Nancy Plain brings together the amazing story of this American icon s career and the beautiful images that are his legacy. Before Audubon, no one had seen, drawn, or written so much about the animals of this largely uncharted young country. Aware that the wilderness and its wildlife were changing even as he watched, Audubon remained committed almost to the end of his life to search out the things which have been hidden since the creation of this wondrous world. This Strange Wilderness details his art and writing, transporting the reader back to the frontiers of early nineteenth-century America.

Additional Details

Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
4th - 12th
Geographical Setting
Haiti, France, Pennsylvania, Kentucky
Historical Setting
1785 - 1851
Univ of Nebraska Pr


  • 1 Beloved Boy
  • 2 America, My Country
  • 3 The American Woodsman
  • 4 Down the Mississippi
  • 5 On the Wing
  • 6 The Birds of America
  • 7 Team Audubon
  • 8 This Strange Wilderness
  • 9 Audubon Then and Now

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