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

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

For fans of Wesley the Owl and The Soul of an Octopus, the story of a sick baby bird nursed back to health and into the wild by renowned writer/artist Julie Zickefoose.

When Jemima, a young orphaned blue jay, is brought to wildlife rehabilitator Julie Zickefoose, she is a virtually tailless, palm-sized bundle of gray-blue fluff. But she is starved and very sick. Julie’s constant care brings her around, and as Jemima is raised for eventual release, she takes over the house and the rest of the author's summer.
 
Shortly after release, Jemima turns up with a deadly disease. But medicating a free-flying wild bird is a challenge. When the PBS show Nature expresses interest in filming Jemima, Julie must train her to behave on camera, as the bird gets ever wilder. Jemima bonds with a wild jay, stretching her ties with the family. Throughout, Julie grapples with the fallout of Jemima’s illness, studies molt and migration, and does her best to keep Jemima strong and wild. She falls hard for this engaging, feisty and funny bird, a creative muse and source of strength through the author’s own heartbreaking changes.

Emotional and honest, Saving Jemima is a universal story of the communion between a wild creature and the human chosen to raise it.

 

Title:Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay
ISBN:9781328518958
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    Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay Reviews

  • Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    Review originally appeared on Open Letters Review.In the springtime, panicked individuals will find themselves typing “baby bird” into a Google search, thumbing through countless results of instru...

  • Stephan

    "The presence of a single bird can change everything for one who appreciates them."Living in the Pacific Northwest, I have no everyday experiences with blue jays to speak of. While birding on the east...

  • Anna

    I really love the way Julie Zickefoose writes about life and science it is interesting and accessible and her joy in and love of birds shines through the pages.Popsugar Reading Challenge 2020: A book ...

  • Cay

    Of interest primarily to birders, nature illustrators, or those who enjoy reading about the natural world. I found out, much to my surprise, that blue jays are a member of the Corvid family (crows & r...

  • Susan

    Lavishly illustrated with the author/artist’s colorful watercolors and photographs, this beautifully designed book is a joy to page through and even more of a joy to read as it recounts the story of...

  • Donna

    SAVING JEMIMA:Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay by Julie ZickefooseWhen I began blogging in 2006, like many novice bloggers, I waited for my first comment…a link to the larger world of people inter...

  • Jessica

    Julie Zickefoose has rehabilitated dozens of song birds and lives on a property she's made into a bird sanctuary. So, when someone contacted her on Facebook about an abandoned baby blue jay she immedi...

  • Andrea

    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile & Andrea RBKSaving Jemima: Life and Luck with a Hard Luck Jay by Sue Zickefosse is a love letter to blue jays. One thing to know about me is I abso...

  • Elizabeth

    Very sweet book about a wildlife rehabilitator who cares for an abandoned baby blue jay, eventually releasing her back into the wild. The author is also a very talented artist and photographer, and ch...

  • Julie Stielstra

    What a lovely book - in every sense. It is a compact, colorful, beautifully produced object: just a comfortable size to hold and read, on classy paper stock, and illuminated throughout with Zickefoose...