Small Fry Saturday: My Baby Blue Jays

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.

This week’s pick is:

Title: My Baby Blue Jays
Author: John Berendt
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Expected Release: June 2011
Source: my personal library (Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library selection)


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. Ages 5-8.

My Baby Blue Jays by John Berendt arrived in my mailbox last week as the April selection for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

My daughter is completely fascinated by this book. She studies each photo so closely, and asks questions as I read. The text reads as if the author is sitting in a recliner, a child in his lap, showing off the photos he has taken, telling the child a bit about each one. My Baby Blue Jays has a truly delightful tone which catches (and keeps!) a child’s attention and wonder.

I love that the book is basically a nature photo essay which takes place in the city. New York City, specifically. John Berendt reminds children that if they look closely, they can find and observe nature no matter where they live.

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