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The triumphant tale of the house sparrow, Jan Thornhill

Label
The triumphant tale of the house sparrow
Title
The triumphant tale of the house sparrow
Statement of responsibility
Jan Thornhill
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Behold the most despised bird in human history! So begins Jan Thornhill's riveting, beautifully illustrated story of the House Sparrow. She traces the history of this perky little bird, one of the most adaptable creatures on Earth, from its beginnings in the Middle East to its spread with the growth of agriculture into India, North Africa and Europe. Everywhere the House Sparrow went, it competed with humans for grain, becoming such a pest that in some places "sparrow catcher" became an actual job and bounties were paid to those who got rid of it. But not everyone hated the House Sparrow, and in 1852, fifty pairs were released in New York City. In no time at all, the bird had spread from coast to coast. Then suddenly, at the turn of the century, as cars took over from horses and there was less grain to be found, its numbers began to decline. As our homes, gardens, cities and farmland have changed, providing fewer nesting and feeding opportunities, the House Sparrow's numbers have begun to decline again - though in England and Holland this decline appears to be slowing. Perhaps this clever little bird is simply adapting once more. This fascinating book includes the life history of the House Sparrow and descriptions of how the Ancient Egyptians fed it to the animals they later mummified, how it traveled to Great Britain as a stowaway on ships carrying Roman soldiers, and how its cousin, the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, was almost eradicated in China when Mao declared war on it. A wealth of back matter material is also supplied
Cataloging source
PABRO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thornhill, Jan
Dewey number
598.8/83
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
QL696.P264
LC item number
T56 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • House sparrow
  • Sparrows
  • Birds
  • House sparrow
  • Sparrows
  • Birds
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The triumphant tale of the house sparrow, Jan Thornhill
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BRDBD18099058
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781773060064
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
The triumphant tale of the house sparrow, Jan Thornhill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BRDBD18099058
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781773060064
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations

Library Locations

    • Marion Public LibraryBorrow it
      1095 Sixth Avenue, Marion, IA, 52302, US
      42.032284 -91.59893
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