The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow

Jan ThornhillPublisher: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press , New York , 2018
ISBN:9781773060064 Classification: J598.8Tho

Behold the most despised bird in human history! So begins Jan Thornhill’s riveting, beautifully illustrated story of the House Sparrow. She traces the history of this perky little bird, one of the most adaptable creatures on Earth, from its beginnings in the Middle East to its spread with the growth of agriculture into India, North Africa and Europe. Everywhere the House Sparrow went, it competed with humans for grain, becoming such a pest that in some places “sparrow catcher” became an actual job and bounties were paid to those who got rid of it.

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