Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay

Julie Zickefoose (Author)

Product Details

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Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
September 10, 2019
5.9 X 0.9 X 8.8 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Writer/artist JULIE ZICKEFOOSE is fascinated by the interface of birds and people. Studying blue jays, a familiar yet deeply mysterious species, has opened a new world to her. She lives on an 80-acre sanctuary.


"A most intimate book about life, change, and the care of a nestling blue jay... Zickefoose has produced another hard-to-put-down winner!"--Booklist, *starred* review

"A heartwarming account for all interested in natural history, especially birds, animal behavior, and wildlife rehabilitation."--Library Journal

"All blue jays have a penchant for stealing, but Jemima will steal your heart. Three cheers for this spunky baby bird! And three more for Julie Zickefoose, whose skilled and loving care saved Jemima's life--and whose glorious watercolors and riveting personal narrative brings Jemima Jay alive for us lucky readers. I loved this book and you will, too." --Sy Montgomery, author of How to Be A Good Creature

"Zickefoose's engaging portrayal of Jemima is a great read. Beyond setting the record straight about the misunderstood role of imprinting, it is a work of love and passion for living and an appreciation of the natural world through the ambassador of a charismatic blue jay." --Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven and The Geese of Beaver Bog

"It's amazing to be inspired by the grit and creative determination of a small blue jay but that's exactly how the reader will feel, along with joy, pain, fear, relief, and compassion for plucky Jemima. She prevails against all odds, using her magnificent corvid brain to overcome every obstacle. This is not just a bird watcher's story, but will touch all readers. Warm, joyful, deep, passionate, and multilayered, I recommend this book to everyone." --Stacey O'Brien, author of Wesley the Owl

"Saving Jemima is a guide to living one's life with kindness and courage. Julie Zickefoose is a poet, a philosopher, and a woman who takes life as it comes and makes each day a triumph. Like Julie (and like Jemima) you will crash and soar and learn to hold the delicacy of life gently in the palm of your hand." --Jane Stern, author of Ambulance Girl

"Saving Jemima is a story about an orphaned blue jay, but it is also about saving ourselves by letting go of the things we love. Julie Zickefoose describes Jemima in exquisite detail, the intricacies of raising her from babyhood to release, and the sorrows of the last goodbye. It is a beautiful portrait. I will never look at a blue jay in the same way again." --Jane Alexander, actress, conservationist, and author of Wild Things, Wild Places