I always loved sparrows and so when I got a chance to read a book about them, I took out this new book from my library.
This story traces the riveting, beautifully illustrated account of the House Sparrow. It traces the history of this bold, little bird from the Middle East to its spread with the growth of agriculture to India, North Africa, and Europe. In all these places, the little bird ate grain. So, they became a pest.
In the spring of 1852, fifth pairs who wintered in a barn were released in New York City. The bird spread from coast to coast quickly. When there was less grain at the turn of the century, there were fewer house sparrows. Now there are signs that this little clever bird is coming back.
This book explores the role of the house sparrow in ancient Egypt, how it traveled to Great Britain as a stowaway on Roman ships. The book also looks into how the Eurasian Tree Sparrow was almost eradicated in China. I always hate to see birds eradicated!
This book is just so full of information about the house sparrow. I loved this book. The illustrations are intricate and very beautiful. Each page spread could easily be a painting it is so beautiful!
What a great book to have had an opportunity to read.