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The Song of the Cardinal

By: Gene Stratton-Porter

The Song of the Cardinal is about a big male Cardinal who lives in a tree near a farmer and his wife. The Cardinal immediately starts to sing to find himself a mate. Meanwhile the farmer and his wife enjoy watching this boisterous bird and seeing what he does. He does find a mate and through his singing the farmer and his wife's marriage is rejuvenated. It's a happy little parallel love story that will sweep you off your feet!

This book has lost none of its charm with age. Gene Stratton-Porter’s book about a somewhat arrogant cardinal is wondrous in its prose, descriptive in its language, and appealing in its Indiana setting. The cardinal has a reason to be proud: he is the biggest, reddest bird ever seen by anyone. Even so, he has trouble wooing and winning his mate. The discovery of these cardinals by the farmer, Abram, and his wife, Maria, is so well told and described, that the astonishment these two people feel for these remarkable birds makes the story come alive. And when Abram takes to task a hunter who shot at his beloved bird, his anger just rolls off the page. A wonderful story that is so much more than a song of the cardinal; it is a story of an farm couple who are still surprised in their old age by the glory of God’s creation in the guise of a cardinal.

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Gene Stratton-Porter born Geneva Grace Stratton, was a Wabash County, Indiana, native who became a self-trained American author, nature photographer, and naturalist. In 1917 Stratton-Porter used her p...

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