The extraordinary story of one of the most adaptable creatures on Earth. 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 travelled to Great Britain as a stowaway on ships carrying Roman soldiers, and how its cousin was almost eradicated in China when Mao declared war on it. Four starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, and Quill & Quire. To learn more about this publisher, click here: http://bit. ly/2lSp1P1


With lively narrative writing and wonderfully detailed, painterly digital illustrations, Thornhill tells a meticulously researched history of the lowly grain-loving house sparrow …

- Horn Book

[Thornhill's] engaging and informative avian history bestows worth upon the sparrow's feathery back, recasting it from villain to valuable ally.


The visual appeal of the artwork is captivating. This book is highly recommended . . . It provides a fresh way of looking at history.

- Resource Links

. . . excellent research and storytelling skills . . .

- CM Magazine

Thornhill delivers sound science with breathtaking artwork and beautifully crafted words. . . . readers will gain respect for and understanding of this common, but triumphant, bird.

- Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

A complex, dark comedy of human behavior and a tenacious avian species . . . An exceptional selection for nonfiction collections; use it to deepen discussions on the relationship among humans, animals, and the environment.

- School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

. . . masterfully conceived and beautifully illustrated . . . . Superbly designed nonfiction with a powerful environmental message.


In her engrossing narrative . . . Thornhill revels in the irony of the sparrows’ “triumph,” even as she comments on complexities that add dimension to the story and point toward their uncertain future.

- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books