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Author: Jack Williamson
Genre: Children's

Registry #: chi001


Jack Williamson is in love with wild life and nature. He shares this addiction with his two grandchildren, Timmy and Laura, who live in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He observes ordinary creatures and discovers that they are not at all ordinary but beings with personality and sense of purpose.

In an adoring episode, Scamper the squirrel, taunts cats, dogs and other adversaries bent of his destruction, by outwitting and beguiling them. Scamper demonstrates his skills at obtaining food using extraordinary methods which would defy imitation by animals with less imagination and guile. He performs remarkable acrobatic feats with ease and delights in outwitting his human antagonists who unsuccessfully try to deny him access to bird feeders by greasing poles and hanging protective tin covers.

Ebony, the crow, is the eternal pest who screams out his "caws!" incessantly. He devastates lawns in his search for grubs and worms and tears trash bags to shreds on garbage collection day. So much for Ebony's dark side. He is characterized by Mr. Williamson as something more than just a pest. Ebony becomes Timmy and Laura's friend as he perches on a branch outside the kitchen window providing a good view to watch the children eating their breakfast. Ebony, through Mr. Williamson's tender treatment, is transformed from pest to pal.

The sighting of the first spring robin is a well-appreciated event for the children. Fire, the robin, named so because of his bright, red breast, becomes the actor on nature's stage. In a well-deserved respite from the ravages of winter, Fire brings hope of renewal to the neighborhood. He coaxed the neighbors from their heated homes to appreciate the wonder of plants about to burst into color. Timmy and Laura explore all of the intricacies of nest building and the hatching of baby robins from the three blue-green eggs. Fire reveals much of the secret lives of robins.

Mr. Williamson amplifies the goodness to be found in nature and, in so doing, makes us appreciate that we too are but a small part in the handiwork of God. His descriptions abound with humor and gentleness and make the reader aware of our friends, the animals.


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