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A Funny Little Bird Hardcover – May 7, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 250L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402280130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402280139
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 1-The artwork is the charm of this petite picture book. The simple, jewel-toned illustrations pop against abundant white space, making a crisp and vivid presentation. Spare text tells the tale of an invisible bird that is tired of being teased for his appearance (or lack of one) and decides to adorn himself with a hodgepodge of leaves, blooms, and feathers from other birds. He gets noticed, but it's at a price: one of his admirers is a fox. The bird realizes his invisibility is a quality that benefits not only him but small friends as well, since he can camouflage them from predators. With only a few words per page, the book can serve either as a quick read-aloud or an accessible text for early readers. Refreshingly, Yerkes gives a nod of respect to the youngest readers with a sprinkling of more sophisticated vocabulary ("vanity," "souvenir," "discreet," etc.) and elegantly understated art that blend together in a sweet and lovely package.-Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, ARα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Even Aesop would admire this polished fable imported from France. A little bird, created from the negative space amid crisp digital art and a white background, often goes unseen and ignored. After deciding that he’s had enough anonymity, he sets off down the road, collecting boldly colored vines, flowers, feathers, and other bits of nature along the way. As his collection of treasures grows into an ostentatious plumage, so too does his pride, until he almost doesn’t see a wolf ready to pounce upon him. Learning that sometimes it’s better to fly under the radar, the little bird decides to use his camouflage skills to help other small woodland animals stay safe from their predators. In the process, he develops a new set of friends who appreciate his talents, and he even finds a way to have fun with his appearance. Although younger readers and listeners will delight in finding the white bird on each double-page spread, older children will relish the whimsy with a moral. Preschool-Grade 2. --Angela Leeper

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Summers on June 15, 2013
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My little girl is mesmerized by the beautiful artwork and the story is simply and beautifully told. This is a great children's book with a sweet message and artwork that parents and children alike will enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 3, 2013
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When I was a kid I tried to learn how to draw by reading "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". A lot of the book was dedicated to showing your average layman how to draw by concentrating on drawing the negative spaces between the object you wanted to render and its environment. I haven't thought about that book in a very long time and probably could have continued on my merry way without it, had it not been for my stumbling on "A Funny Little Bird" by Jennifer Yerkes. A sweet story with a sublimely subtle but infinitely clever premise and ending, this is a tale about adaptation, camouflage, acceptance, pride, and standing out by blending in. It's a metaphor for introverts and the unsung heroes in our lives. Strange and lovely all at once, here's one book that turns simplicity into an art.

For you see there once was a funny little bird that seemed to disappear into the background wherever it went. When it was invisible to the eye, it was lonely. When it was noticed, it was teased. One day, in a fit of pique, the bird sets out to find its own path. Along the way it collects all the beautiful things it can find, building itself up, puffing itself up with pride. When a clever fox tries to take advantage of the bird's new one-of-a-kind look, the bird realizes the advantage of invisibility. It isn't just that it can hide from dangers. It can help others hide as well. This is a bird with a calling.

The book was an Opera Prima finalist in the Bologna Book Fair Ragazzi Award 2012. Originally published in France as "Drole d'oiseau", this is a title that understands the importance of minimalism in children's literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dena on May 11, 2013
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The thing I love the most about this book is the artwork. The illustrations are gorgeous and really unique. I love picture books that can deliver a message without sounding preachy. Both of my children and I really enjoyed this visually pleasing picture book.
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