Billy The Blackbird
The children at number 6 Lavender Lane are making a bird feeder with their mum. Join Billy on his first adventure out of the nest and into the garden.
Includes instructions on how to make your own bird feeder, Blackbird Fact File, British Garden Bird Identifier and a free “Garden Bird Detective” colouring-in sheet.
We need to look after the environment so our wildlife friends like Billy can stay safe, that’s why all of our books are printed on recycled paper and our packaging is 100% plastic free.
Book dimensions are 210cm x 210 cm
Written by Jennifer Doyle
Illustrated by Rachel Gale
About the story - Words by Author Jennifer Doyle
Like so many parents in the UK, I had the bittersweet pleasure of homeschooling my children in the Spring of 2020. I was inspired to write this story after we made a bird feeder and were eagerly observing the birds visiting it every day. While the human world was very still, the birds were continuing about their business, singing loudly and bringing us joy.
After a few days of excitedly watching the birds visiting the feeder, we spotted a baby blackbird in the corner of the garden and watched as his parents came back and forth with different types of food for him. We called him Billy and the story was born at our kitchen table, as I was desperately trying to engage my six-year-old son with his reading. My children loved the story and encouraged me to share it with you. We hope you will enjoy hearing about Billy’s adventures as much as we loved writing about him!
As brand new bird watchers we found it tricky to identify the different birds coming and going to our feeder, so we decided to include a How to Make a Bird feeder page and a “Garden Bird Detective” colouring in sheet with the story, so that our readers can experience all of the joy of these amazing little creatures too!