In fictionized form, this touching testament to the passenger pigeon is the life history of Blue, a bird who lived in the...

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THE LAST PASSENGER

In fictionized form, this touching testament to the passenger pigeon is the life history of Blue, a bird who lived in the late and was one of the last survivors of the massacre of passenger pigeons at the nesting grounds of Petoskey, Michigan. The stype of writing is calm, observant of small details and facts of nature that together form a moving total picture of the species, its habits and environment. As Blue spends his babyhood along the Ohio, flies to Hatteras and the Appalachians as a young male and finally takes his mate, we learn not only the life cycle- what the birds learn and what they do by instinct- but what they failed to learn- the little ignorances that made them victims to men who disregarded the possibility of extinction. Toned down as it is, the story gains force in sticking to the bare facts and describing the tremendous yet futile effort Blue and others made to stay alive.

Pub Date: Oct. 23, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1956