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The Moon of the Winter Bird (The Thirteen Moons)
The Moon of the Winter Bird - The Thirteen Moons Author:Jean Craighead George, ill. Kazue Mizumura It was a bleak December night along the Olentangy River in Ohio, and the freezing rain was turning to snow. On a branch of a glistening spruce tree, snow piled all around him, sat a lone song sparrow. He was literally scared stiff, for not a leap away lay his most formidable enemy, the cat. The terrified sparrow was losing weight rapidly, wei... more »ght he would not regain in the moon of scarce seeds.
The sparrow should not have been in the North on this sodden night of the winter solstice. He should have been in warmer climates with the rest of his species. But for some reason his biological clock had not functioned properly in the fall.
He was a "winter bird," one of those rare individuals that stays through snow and cold in his summer breeding grounds. In this time of crisis, only the sparrow's remarkable adaptability would enable him to survive the rigors of a season nature did not intend him to endure.
Jean George has spent many a cold night in a tent, conducting studies on the habits of birds. Her experiences are clearly reflected in this knowledgeable, affectionate, and vivid picture of the song sparrow and his domain.« less