An exuberant and vibrant illustrated exploration of birds and our relationships with them
From the Common Swift, which can stay in the air continuously without landing for up to ten months at a time, to the tiny Goldcrest, Europe's smallest bird, which can lay a clutch of a dozen eggs in two weeks totaling one-and-one-half times its body weight, the class of animals we call birds is filled with incredible feats of beauty, intellect, and wonder.
With enthralling facts, humorous anecdotes, and gorgeous artwork, artist Misha Blaise pays loving homage to these amazing beings that populate our skies and share the planet with us. Using her own adoration of birds as a starting point to explore avian minutiae both strange and fascinating, Blaise winds through the interconnectedness between humans and our feathered friends, from the eccentric people who obsess about birds to the compelling ways people have integrated birds into culture throughout history, as well as our similar behaviors, kindred intelligence, and shared habitats.
Thoughtful, philosophical, and delightful, Crazy for Birds pairs beautiful artwork with whimsical writing to explore the many wonders of birds, shedding light on our abiding connection with nature, the diversity of life, and the idiosyncrasy of the human psyche.
About the Author
Misha Maynerick Blaise is a Croatian American born in Canada and raised in the Colorado Rockies. She and her husband are the co-owners of a green building company and co-creators of two sons. They now call Austin, Texas home. Misha is the author-illustrator of This Phenomenal Life, which has been translated into five languages and was a bestseller in China. She likes night swimming, music, researching stuff, and discussing life's big questions over a strong cup of black tea.
“From vivid wildlife documentaries to the ‘put a bird on it’ trend, birds are so hot right now. If you can’t get enough of their weird dances, one-of-a-kind songs or otherworldly plumes, look no further than Misha Maynerick Blaise’s Crazy for Birds . . . Blaise’s humor shines as brightly as her whimsical, vibrant illustrations, and both work together to perfectly capture the dazzling strangeness of our avian friends.” —BookPage