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Vintage Bookshelf // The Man Who Loved Birds 1962


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The Man Who Loved Birds: A Fable for Children (Harvey House 1962). Written and illustrated by Ken Kenniston.

This book is so charming and quirky—and the hand lettered text on every page is just awesome. The main character is the “the Man”. The Man who Loved Birds. But he’s not, like, THE MAN. (as in, “Workin’ for The MAN.”) He’s this groovy, beatnik fella in a little black turtle neck and sandals. He loves birds and the birds love him!

Hee. Long talks about baseball and nest building!

Peace lovin’….tree huggin’….bird whisperer. The Man. Cute huh!

A few people have asked if I knew where to find another copy. Alas, this was a thrift store treasure. I found two copies on amazon but they are kind pricey. You can see them here. I’d keep checking eBay! I bet one will turn up.

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  1. 3 ring circus • heather says

    super cute! i love the colors!

  2. Cora says

    Very sweet!!

  3. jenny says

    oooooh I love it!!!! I’ve never seen this one!

    super groovy font! and I love the colors too.
    xoxo

    • Alix says

      I know, all hand lettered! I love how its such a 60s “peace love and grooviness” story! I think I need to borrow your oh-so excellent idea of listing “find your own copy”! (although I couldn’t scare up a link for this bad boy….)

  4. Eartha Kitsch says

    I have a crush on The Man.

    • Alix says

      The Man just told me to ask you if you wanted to go to a poetry reading. Bring your bongos….

  5. ashley says

    I dig his “splash party” get-up and am happy to see that he changes out of his Man in Black attire for the splash party. I mean not even Johnny Cash would wear all black to a splash party. Okay, maybe Johnny Cash… but certainly not “The Man”. I digress. Cool book! I want my own copy.

    • ashley says

      So I did an online search to see if I could find a copy and could only find another “Man” who loves wasps. Wasps?! uh… no thanks.

      • Alix says

        LOL that’s hilarious. I did find another copy on amazon (i added the link) but it’s a tad cray cray in the pricing. I’ll keep my eyes peeled!

        • ashley says

          Thanks for the link. I’ll keep my eyes peeled too, it’s a bit pricy!

    • Alix says

      and YES I had that same thought!!! haha. I think we need a Splash Party….

  6. Jody says

    Who knew the hippest cat in the forest would love birds?

    • Alix says

      The Man told me he heartily approves of that joke.

  7. jess judkins says

    OMG I LOVE this book! I think I have a thrifted book (different title) by the same author, I’ll have to look it up when I get home, but the illustrations are similar 🙂

  8. Virginie says

    this book is AWESOME. so perfect!



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