Our Birdie is the Dahlbe family’s work horse, who has been with them for years. Laura is worried that Birdie will be got rid of if the family get a new-fangled automobile.
Laura Nelson Baker (1911 - ) was born in Iowa, and studied at the University of Minnesota from 1929 to 1931. After university, she worked as a journalist, and then as the supervisor of the manuscript reading room at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley until 1957. Her writing career then took off, and she became a full time writer. She wrote several children’s books, and also wrote some with the poet and children’s author Adrien Stoutenberg, with whom she lived.
Finding the books:both books are easy to find in the US, and are not too expensive. Neither book was published in the UK.