Lyrebirds are supposed to be shy, but James doesn’t know this. He hangs around Edith as she digs and sings, and he blocks her way as she works. Edith tracks James’ development from his first visit as a plain looking young male to full maturity through sketches and notes in her diary. As they learn to respect each other's need for space and to appreciate each others songs, the seasons progress around them.
What would you do if your garden friend no longer ventured outside and her verandah rail wasn’t high enough to let you see her? What dangers might befall a feathered friend when he disappears for weeks, even months on end?
This is a tale of a natural friendship in the truest sense of the word. Lyrebird also tracks how the Dandenongs began to change in the 1930s.
Lyrebird! A True Story is a must for bird and nature lovers, those interested in historical stories and anyone who simply enjoys a satisfying story.
To order, email publications(at)museum(dot)vic(dot)gov(dot)au.
Title: Lyrebird! A True Story
Author: Jackie Kerin
Illustrator: Peter Gouldthorpe
Publisher: Museum Victoria, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2012
For ages: Middle Primary upwards
Type: Picture Book