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Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition
by Peter Tate
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385342489, Hardcover)The perfect bedside companion for every bird-watcher and nature lover, inside Flights of Fancy you’ll find:
“Don’t promise the crane in the sky, but give the titmouse in your hand.”
“One for sorrow, two for joy…”
Traditional English rhyme
“The owl shrieked at thy birth, an evil sign.”
Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III
“The peacock is ashamed of its large black feet.”
Medieval Persian tradition
“When the raven tried to bring fire to the world, ash turned its feathers black.”
Cherokee Indian legend
“Sewing a swan’s feather into your husband’s pillow will keep him faithful.”
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:29:43 -0400)
An illustrated odyssey into the world of birds looks at the myths, legends, and superstitions surrounding some of the world's best-known birds, drawing on traditions from around the world to explore the stories of some thirty avian species.
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