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.
- ISBN: 9781773060064
- Published: 2018 , Groundwood Books
- Themes: Birds, Diseases, Environment and ecology, extinct species
- Descriptors: Intermediate (ages 9-14), International, Nonfiction
- No. of pages: 44