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Excellent Pricing on Fidget's Freedom & Fidget's
Fidget's Folly selected as one of the children's books of
the year 2012 by the
Pima County Library Association.
Bird Watching Magazine
Reviews Folly. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the
Original illustrations from Fidget's
Folly available for purchase.
Pricing for One Book
includes shipping (U.S.A). Folly: $18.00
Pricing for One Book
includes shipping (U.S.A). Freedom: $18.00
purchases please contact our publisher (Mountain Press
Publishing) toll free: 1-800-234-5308
Both Books: $35.00 includes shipping within U.S.A.
Praise for Fidget's Freedom
History: Fidget's Freedom, written by
Stacey Patterson, a falconer, and
REF supporter for many years, tells the story of a peregrine falcon going through
the hacking process and taking its first flight into freedom. The book was
accepted by REF's publisher several years ago, but we (REF) have had the duty of
getting this children's story illustrated properly. The story runs a little
over 1,000 words, and introduces young children to the difficult concept of
"hacking", which is one of the most important developments responsible
for raptor recovery worldwide. Stacey's words do an excellent job
in communicating the idea to very young children,
however, to really work well, superb illustrations are
imperative to complete the book and tell the story of Fidget's freedom.
We are very pleased to announce we have engaged the services of (arguably)
Russia's best wildlife artist and illustrator,
Twenty two illustrations have been produced to bring Stacey's words to life, in a truly
international collaboration. REF editors traveled to Moscow October,
2004, to complete art
direction for the book, and discuss illustrations for the next two in the
trilogy about Fidget, her freedom, folly, and family.
May 11, 05 Update: We have just received
high resolution scans of all the art with only 3 illustrations still requiring a
few minor alterations. Vadim will also be adding one or two small black and
white sketches to be used as part of the design element connecting
various parts of the book. Pre-sales should be available
in mid-November or December of 2005.
Early comments on the illustrations from professionals in the field of peregrine recovery have all had
similar sentiments: "beautiful,... superlative...this is for a kid's book, WOW..."
Fidget's Freedom is being peer reviewed by leaders in their
respective fields. Quoting Jean
Craighead George, "What a glorious book Fidget's Freedom is! The
story and the illustrations are both powerful and endearing. I can not
praise Vadim Gorbatov's illustrations enough. His work is on a par with
that of Louis Agassiz Fuertes with added drama. Stacey Paterson's story
telling is warm and perceptive." Ms. George, to those who do not know, is
the sister of the famous biologist researchers, the Craighead brothers.
She is a famous children's author whose early writing gifts were displayed with
the book, "My Side of the Mountain." Ms. George has written over 50
books, with a new book coming in 2006, entitled, Luck, the Story of a
Fidget' Freedom has also been
endorsed by Alan Tennant, author of the bestselling On the
Wing: To The Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon, soon to be
a major motion picture starring Robert Redford. "Fidget's
Freedom is simply a great children's' book. Its perfectly detailed,
soft-hued drawings -- by esteemed Russian wildlife artist Vadim Gorbatov
-- capture the wryly humorous, often -rumpled look of these amazing, yet
not always swift and sleek birds of prey. Likewise, Stacey Patterson's
text successfully negotiates the difficult narrative line between over
humanizing wild things and the equally erroneous, empathy lacking data
of scientific papers."
Our New Crafts Gallery
Thanks to everyone who has helped with our final goal of
finishing our art direction/editing with the artist in Moscow. Our Publisher's
Circle campaign was very successful. Follow the link to see our supporters
who joined our
Curator, Anne Price, listens to artist, Vadim Gorbatov, describe some of the research he
many of his paintings during
a visit to his studio in Moscow.
| We are pleased to
provide a sampling of Fidget's exceptional illustrations.
Pricing for One Book includes shipping. For multiple purchases
please contact us for shipping options and prices
the exquisite use of reflected light on all of Vadim's illustrations...
Twenty two illustrations
have set the highest standards for natural history art in a
contemporary children's book. Because this is printed in hardback with color throughout, pricing will be
higher than our current book, Raptors, however, we will make
special pricing available to any organization ordering multiple
tuned and learn how you can get
involved to promote environmental literacy with Fidget's Freedom.
On June 24th, 2005 REF's editors took copies of all of
Fidget's illustrations to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the Gerald
Peters Gallery, had an opening for wildlife artists Tony Angell,
Lars Jonsson, and Thomas Quinn and their show featuring
nothing but raptors. Raptors in stone, in bronze, oil, and water
color to name a few of the mediums in which they were represented by
three of the world's leading painters and sculptors devoted to the
natural history genre. The day after opening festivities, the featured
artists named above plus sculptor Kent Ullberg, and writer
Stephen Bodio assembled around all of Vadim Gorbatov's illustrations
and made some general and specific observations for the editors to
consider during the design phase of the book.
|Top, left to right, Kent Ullberg, Lars Jonsson,
and Tony Angell examine Fidget's 22 illustrations before offering
commentary for the editors to consider during the design phase of the
book. Above (left to right): Ysbrand Brouwers, Director of the
Artists for Nature Foundation, joins Tony Angell, Stephen Bodio,
and Lars Jonsson, to get a sneak preview of this precedent setting work.
REF thanks everyone for taking time out of their busy schedules to offer
their comments and observations. Fidget begins to stretch her wings...
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