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NANCY PLAIN. This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon

NANCY PLAIN. This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon. University of Nebraska Press. Paperback, 136 pages, $19.95, nebraskapress.unl.edu

Nancy Plain brings together the amazing story of this American icon’s travels and the beautiful bird paintings that are his legacy. Before Audubon (1785-1851), no one had seen, drawn, or written so much about the animals of this largely uncharted young country. Audubon vowed always “to search out the things which have been hidden since the creation of this wondrous world.” Booklist called this Spur winner one of the “10 Best Children’s Biographies of 2015.”