Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: Bob Marstall
Target: 3-5 years
Format: Cloth Text
Dimensions: 11″ x 9″
From award-winning and NY Times bestselling children’s author (Jane Yolen) and award-winning illustrator (Bob Marstall), On Bird Hill is first in a new Jane Yolen series created especially for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the leading authority on birds.
Loosely based on the old cumulative nursery rhyme/song “The Green Grass Grew All Around,” a nursery rhyme first published as a song in 1912. But in this version, it’s a boy and his dog who find the bird in a nest on a hill in a strange valley.
Following in the footsteps of Jane’s highly acclaimed Owl Moon, winner of the prestigious Caldecott Award, On Bird Hill is a beautiful picture book with an enchanting story, fancifully illustrated by renowned artist Bob Marstall. On Bird Hill is sure to attract interest from millions of readers and fans of Jane’s popular classics.
ON BIRD HILL Radio Interview
New England Public Radio (NEPR) Interview —Collaboration in Children’s Books – Jane Yolen and Bob Marstall
Jane Yolen Jane Yolen has authored more than 350 books, including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, which every budding young ornitholoigist owns, You Nest Here With Me, which is a popular new favorite, and the New York Times bestselling series How Do Dinosaurs. Jane Yolen’s books have been translated into over 20 languages and are popular around the world.
Jane’s late husband, David Stemple, was both a well-known bird recordist and a professor of computer science and he taught the entire family how to enjoy birds. Many of Jane’s books are about wildlife subjects, especially the winged kind. Jane lives in Hatfield MA. and St Andrews, Scotland.
Bob Marstall is the illustrator of nine nonfiction children’s books, including the The Lady and the Spider, which sold over a quarter-of-a-million copies and was a Reading Rainbow selection. Bob has also been honored with an ALA Notable; an IRA Teachers’ Choice; a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children; and three John Burroughs selections.
In addition, two of Bob’s books are included in the New York Times Parent’s Guide’s “1001 Best Books of the Twentieth Century.” Bob Lives in Easthamton, MA.
“A sweetly surreal meditation on the everyday wonders that await in the wild.”
“An imaginative and original depiction of one of life’s everyday miracles.”
—Kirkus, Starred Review
“Perfect rhyme…we are all explorers once we leave our egg and look around…Marstall’s curving lines and paths draw the reader in… underscoring the intertwined relationship of humans and nature.”
“Jane Yolen’s picture book expressively captures a luminous moment of discovery in the natural world…On Bird Hill leaves space for the imagination and underscores the surprising wonder found in everyday moments.”
—School Library Journal