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Ebony and Spica: Two Birds in My Life Paperback – 25 Feb 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
Ebony could not have fallen into better hands - Janet had been a bird lover since the age of eight, when she climbed a tree in her native Dorset, and felt a 'sense of wonderment at the first sight of the fledgelings in a neat heap, beaks resting on scrawny backs, packed into the cup of a blackbird's nest'. She has already fed rescued sparrows with the same small tool from her manicure set that she now carefully uses to nurse this young blackbird back to health. Ebony, however, turns out to be permanently disabled which means that he can never live in the wild again - so Janet puts her home at his disposal.
Janet does not now live in Dorset, but in Paris, where she works as a translator - and the Parisian backdrop provides colour to the story. The author describes, in her precise and accurate English, the minutiae of living with this carefully observed rescued bird. The care she devotes to him is astonishing - she leaves work to travel home every day at lunch time to feed him when he is young, and when he scratches himself with an errant claw, he is taken to the vet to be anaesthetized and stitched up.Read more ›
Ebony (a blackbird) and Spica (a starling) were two birds rescued and reared by the author and her husband in real life. As someone who has tried (and sadly failed) to raise rescued birds who entered my life and tugged at my heartstrings, I longed to read about actual success stories and I wasn't disappointed. If only this book had been available then! Every page proved not just an education, but an enchanting journey into the lives of these sweet little creatures.
Most of Ebony's life was spent in a Paris apartment with the author until she moved herself and him out to the country with her husband. Ebony lived a long and happy life and reading about his delightful antics brought me so much happiness. But it was Spica who stole my heart. This little creature knew he had a special place in the world - and in his little world in particular, he certainly ruled the roost. I laughed aloud at some of his antics and the visions of the author and her husband trying to enjoy their evening meal in their dining room with its floor covered in newspapers, table protected by a plastic cloth and themselves bedecked in blue overalls, while Spica inspected, tasted and explored everything around him like a tiny feathered lord of the manor.
'Ebony and Spica' makes the most delightful reading.Read more ›
Beyond the normal caring for a wild animal, the author’s relationship with these birds surpassed that of nurturer and caregiver and in the 16 years for Ebony and 10+ years for Spica that she spent with them, became a family bond stronger than most people likely feel for their human family.
“Even if I was embroiled in rows or depressed by disappointments, I felt, whenever I opened my front door, that Ebony was there, that he needed me quite simply, and that we accepted each other.”
“The years have rolled by. Spica the starling has lived with us for more than ten years.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a lovely little book. Thoughtful and compassionate, it was an unexpected gem of a read. If only we had more kind, sympathetic people in this world like this lady.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
We very much enjoyed reading this book, Janet obviously has a very natural, intuitive way with birds and like us with our birds considers Spica and Ebony part of her family. Read morePublished on 6 May 2015 by L. Buck
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it through twice in rapid succession. It has two aspects, the first is thoroughly practical and which ignorant bird lovers like myself must... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2013 by R. E. Booth