Gramma Golden's Bird Lady Meets Mort and Ort in "It's a Great Day for Pulling Weeds" is an exciting picture book that teaches readers relevant and timeless lessons. It follows Bird Lady, who, on a soggy spring morning, met Mort and Ort in her garden.
The townspeople knew Bird Lady loved her birds. That's why they called the plump and lovely old lady with a fluffy white hair and smile lines outside her hazel green eyes Bird Lady. She was usually outdoors, wearing a wide-brimmed purple hat and over-sized lavender polka-dot sunglasses, her face turned upward or tilted to one side while she listened to the birds' chirp, tweet, and sing. During her walks, it was not unusual for her to stop several times to listen to the melodious songs of the meadowlarks. It was not uncommon to see Bird Lady atop her bright green lawn tractor, waiting for the birds to come and sing their songs. What was unusual was to hear real birds talking to Bird Lady. Was it possible at all?
Bird Lady assumed the birds—and perhaps all the creatures in the animal kingdom—are capable of some form of speech. After all, how does the Mama and Papa Bluebird know whose turn it was to take care of Baby Bluebird? How do birds let one another know where they're heading to make sure nobody strayed or got left behind? Indeed, Bird Lady knew birds most certainly communicated with one another, but that soggy spring morning, the birds had a talk with her!
Sitting atop a weather-beaten shed, not one but two colorful birds with exceptionally large fawn brown eyes began talking to Bird Lady. "It's a great day for pulling weeds!" one said in a gravelly voice that startled the old woman. As if that wasn't enough, it repeated its unexpected comment, frightening Bird Lady even more.
Once Bird Lady recovered her bearing, she realized what a special treat it was to be visited by such lovely birds and to communicate with them. The birds introduced themselves as Mort and Ort, and as the afternoon wore on, they taught Bird Lady important gardening practices to help wildlife visitors to her gardens. By the end of the day, Bird Lady learned how everything is connected and how one's action affects the world. Bird Lady vowed to help birds, flowers, butterflies, and insects thrive as they visit her gardens.
Grandma Golden's Bird Lady Meets Mort and Ort in "It's a Great Day for Pulling Weeds" is a book for all ages. Kids and adults alike will find the dialogues entertaining and the characters endearing.
The book does not disappoint and will be relevant for a long, long, long time.
Reviews and What Readers Say
" Lovable Gramma! This book captivates and entertains in a unique way that leaves us with a smile that remains in our hearts for a long time. The book reminds us of how beautiful it is to find time to appreciate our surroundings."
—Sophia A, The BookWalker
Bird Lady Meets Mort and Ort in It's a Great Day for Pulling Weeds by Gramma Golden
Review by A. Alcott
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Gramma Golden is a retired Registered Nurse and Health Care Educator. Her career required her to teach others how to care for themselves and others. She is a Hospice Volunteer and a certified representative of the State of Illinois Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. As an author, she strives to teach young readers to care for and be responsible stewards of the environment. It is through her voice that the same characters, as in her first book, come alive again in her second book helping children understand their role in maintaining the balance of nature.Janet understands the importance of all grade levels of education, starting with providing a solid foundation at the elementary level. Both of her books offer parents and teachers the tools with which to teach children how to use best gardening practices and to help marine wildlife thrive.Janet lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband of forty-seven years. They have two married children and three grandsons.