Title: A Home For Bird
Author & Illustrator: Philip C. Stead
Publisher: Roaring Book Press, 2012
Book Type: Fiction
Themes: Friendship, Animals, Adventure
Vernon was out foraging for interesting things when he found Bird.
“Are you okay?” asked Vernon.
Bird said nothing.
“Are you lost?”
Bird said nothing.
“You are welcome to join me,” said Vernon.
Synopsis (from MacMillan website):
While out foraging for interesting things, Vernon the toad finds a new friend – a small blue bird who is curiously silent. Vernon shows Bird the river and the forest and some of his other favorite things, but Bird says nothing. Vernon introduces Bird to his friends, Skunk and Porcupine, but Bird still says nothing.
“Bird is shy,” says Vernon, “but also a very good listener.”
Vernon worries that Bird is silent because he misses his home, so the two set off on a journey to help find a home for Bird.
This is a tender tale of a thoughtful friend who is determined to help his quiet companion, by the author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.
Links on how to make a variety of birdhouses/bird feeders.
Why I Like This Book:
This story reminded of the classic Frog & Toad stories, filled with small adventures, wonder, and most importantly compassion and heart.
The book opens with a picture of the “Careful Moving Co.” on the title page where readers will get visual clues as to the origins of Bird. The story starts with Vernon foraging through the forest for interesting things, when he befriends Bird. They spend time together but Bird is quiet, this worries Vernon who decides he must help Bird find his home.
This book is good for storytime. Since the book is not high-energy, I would recommend drawing attention to the visual clues throughout the story and asking questions to keep young kids engaged.
This review is part of Susana Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.
NOTE ADDED 10/16/12: This book was nominated by Amy for the 2012 Cybils Awards in the Fiction Picture Book category. I am a second-round judge in this category, but this review reflects my opinions only, not those of any other panelist, or the panel as a whole. Thanks!