The Birds of Killingworth

Based on a Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

By Souci, Robert D. San & San Souci, Robert D. & Root, Kimberly Bulcken & Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Publishers Summary:
When her father persuades their colony to kill all the birds because they are eating the crops, Almira joins the schoolmaster in trying to prove that the birds are both beautiful and useful.

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ISBN
978-0-80372-111-1
Publisher
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2002.


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on August 1, 2002

K-Gr 4 San Souci has crafted an ecological fable from Longfellow's 1863 poem of the same name. Both the original (apparently inspired by real events) and this prose version are set in the colonial Connecticut town of Killingworth, where hunters are paid to destroy birds that are damaging crops. The resulting slaughter, naturally, brings disaster; insects, unchecked by their former predators, wreak mass devastation. The reteller has amplified and personified key figures and their roles, making the tale comprehensible to young readers and lis...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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