By Janeen Mason
Accelerated Reader Program Selection
When Max falls in love with Regina—a magpie with a fetish for shoes—he thinks of the many ways to make her smile. The two spend the summer together, searching for food and footwear, while laughing until their feathers shake.
From cowboy boots to penny loafers and pearly pumps, Max hopes to find the perfect shoe for building a nest. But after he surprises Regina with an old sneaker, she takes flight. Brokenhearted, he joins a new flock, and Regina wonders if he will return. Will these two lonely love birds ever reunite.
Janeen Mason’s vibrant illustrations, set to warm backgrounds of blushing pinks and reds, are the perfect complement to this sweet love story.
About the Author
Besides serving on the board of directors of the Friends of the Blake Library, Janeen Mason is the secretary of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. She is also a member of the Children’s Book Council and is the past illustrator coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in the state of Florida. Mason has received such honors as a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, and the National Award for Excellence in Communities. In addition to illustrating Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef; The Pirate, Pink; Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter; Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane; and The World’s Greatest Explorer, she is the author and illustrator of Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles and Ocean Commotion: Life on the Reef, all published by Pelican.
GIFT OF THE MAGPIE
by Janeen Mason
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
JUVENILE FICTION / Love & Romance
32 pp. 8½ x 11 17 color illus.
“Once again, Janeen Mason’s exuberant design and color sense dazzles the eye.”
—Henry Cole, author and illustrator, A Nest for Celeste
“An unusual tale of love, acceptance, and . . . shoes. The bright, colorful illustrations perfectly complement this story that will take hold of your heart and then take flight.”
—Donna Gephart, author, Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen, and winner of the 2009 Sid Fleischman Humor Award
“Janeen Mason hits new heights with her heartwarming tale of true love and a very amusing shoe obsession.”
—Marilyn Bauer, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers