This lovely reissue of the highly collectible 1974 classic is a Charley Harper gem: a book for every bird lover who knows there is more to birdwatching than measurements, range maps, flight patterns and lifetime lists. Birds & Words is a true reflection of Charley Harper, who was that special species of man with twinkling eyes and smile, with wit as infectiously keen and light- hearted as his paintings. Harper the humorist reads as captivating in the self- composed stories that accompany his serigraphs as Harper the artist. An active curiosity prodded him to constantly question nature. "What will happen," he asked 'if a buzzard, which eats only dead meat, comes upon a possum, which plays dead when threatened? The answer has to be that the mild mannered marsupial will win his Purple Heart -- possumously." The publisher has carefully restored all the images and reproduced Birds & Words in its entirety and in its original format. Hardcover, color.