Wednesday, the 4th of January, and time for Shelf Control once again–the first one of 2021! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains (in my case the latter). To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, where and when you got it and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!

My first pick for Shelf Control in 2021 is to my own surprise a non-fiction title, but since despite enjoying non-fiction, I seem to turn more to fiction when I pick up something to read, there are always more non-fiction titles waiting on my TBR. And these including this one are ones I really do want to read. This week’s pick is Father Goose by William Lishman.

First published in 1995, Father Goose is the real-life story of William Lishman, a reclusive Canadian sculptor of international renown. He was also an environmentalist, animal lover and an inventor. In 1993, he took off from his farm in Ontario in a small aircraft designed by himself and led eighteen Canada geese south to Virginia. The following April, they returned unaided to their home and surrogate ‘father’. This autobiographical account tells of his experiences. This is a short volume of under 200 pages and also features photographs of Lishman, the airplanes and the geese.

This book has actually been on my TBR pile a long time, probably five years or so. I had got a copy as a present and although I really wanted to pick it up (and still do), I didn’t get down to reading it. I love the whole idea of the book–in fact in awe just thinking about it. Imagine not only looking after and developing the trust of the birds but also undertaking a journey to get them to migrate south, and that too by making your own plane!!! This is certainly something I want to read about and know more about–how he started looking after the geese, why he needed to take them south himself, and all the other details. I think I read somewhere that his work helped in the preservation of cranes.

This book was also converted into a film Fly Away Home which I haven’t seen but which is said to have taken many liberties with the story.

Have you read this one? How did you like it? Or have you watched the film version? Looking forward to your thoughts!

Find Lisa’s pick this week, a children’s title, The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt here

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