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Policeman Bluejay

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

This is another "TWINKLE TALE" from Mr. Baum (written under the pen name Laura Bancroft) and celebrates the further adventures of Twinkle and Chubbins as they magically become child-larks and live the exciting, and often dangerous, life of birds in the forest.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . sat next to the child-larks, proceeded to introduce the guests he had brought to call upon the newest inhabitants of his domain.

"This is Mr. and Mrs. Robin Redbreast, one of our most aristocratic families," said he, swinging his club around in a circle until Chubbins ducked his head for fear it might hit him.

"You are welcome to our forest," chirped Robin, in a sedate and dignified tone.

"And here is Mr. Goldfinch and his charming bride," continued the policeman.

"Ah, it is a pleasure to meet you," the goldfinch murmured, eyeing the child-larks curiously, but trying to be so polite that they would not notice his staring.

"Henny Wren and Jenny Wren," proceeded the policeman.

Twinkle and Chubbins both bowed politely.

"Well, well!" croaked a raven, in a hoarse voice, "am I to wait all day while you introduce those miserable little insignificant grub-eaters?"

"Be quiet!" cried Policeman Bluejay, sternly.

"I won't," s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This story uses the vernacular that was popular at the time it was written.

Still, it is a good story that features birds and nature. So if you know a little one that likes nature, they might enjoy it.

This is a kids book by L. Frank Baum, the guy who wrote THE WIZARD OF OZ, but he wrote it under the name Laura Bancroft. On his wikipedia page I learned that he had several male and female pseudonyms, and sometimes advocated womens suffrage, and sometimes advocated the genocide of Native Americans.

Hidden in an overly infantilized structure and veneer are some intense subjects: death, war, human treatment of nature, and oligarchy, to start with. Another aspect worth mentioning is the detail and variety given to describing plants and animals.

We hadn't expected this to be such a blatant anti-hunting story. Okay, you could use it as a platform to talk about conservation and sustainability but it sort of went a good deal further than that. The original villain sort of steps out of the story pretty much after her evil magic bit and then it'

So, the story is all about birds... Where two children been chanted and turned to childlarks... I don't really like the beginning of the story where there were too much story-tellings from the other birds... I wish more stories about policeman bluejay's adventure... But I love when the childlarks we

Two children are changed into larks by an evil witch and are befriended by the local policeman bluejay. They get to see a garden of paradise in the forest that is forbidden to all except the birds of paradise. Charming.


1. Always be humble, kind, respectful, clever, and a little sly! Being both nice and cheeky is allowable. And remember: no one thinks a suck-up or a tattle-tale is charming.

2. Respect and love all animals! They are God's creatures just like you and deser

Well that was strange. Baum was fascinated by transformation, and in this one two kids end up as birds, but retaining their child's heads. This is inconvenient for them and challenging for the illustrator. At first it seemed like a nice nature story, a la Thornton Burgess, but then in one horrifying

Vivid imagery and semi interesting plot points.