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A Home for Bird Hardcover – June 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596437111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596437111
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-In this touching story of an unlikely, but fulfilling companionship, Vernon the toad searches high and low for his shy and seemingly lost new friend, Bird. Right from the beginning, Stead's emotional and detailed mixed-media illustrations inform readers what Vernon does not know-that Bird fell out of a cuckoo clock off a pickup truck before being found by Vernon while scavenging for useful odds and ends. Assuming that Bird is quiet because he's missing home, Vernon travels with him to search for his house. They find many different places that could make good homes for Bird-an old bird cage, a birdhouse, a nest, even a mailbox-but Bird remains quiet, making Vernon sad. A determined friend, Vernon continues searching until they find a pickup truck full of interesting things and a small blue house perfect for Bird, making him "cuckoo" with joy. The richly colored drawings are the perfect companions to this classic story of kindhearted friendship and belonging and will be a welcome addition to any collection or storytime.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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 "Stead has crafted an old-fashioned story that speaks directly to the heart..."--Horn Book Magazine, starred

"The richly colored drawings are the perfect companions to this classic story of kindhearted friendship and belonging and will be a welcome addition to any collection or storytime.”--School Library Journal

 “Stead creates characters that make readers care; Vernon’s compassion and faith have near-spiritual dimensions. And the scribbled artwork brims with small delights…”--Publishers Weekly, starred

“A deeply satisfying story that speaks to the universal desires to be nurtured and to find a home.”--Kirkus, starred

 

"This sensitively told story is a wonderful ode to friendship, selflessness, and the joys of home. Everyone should be so lucky to know a Vernon." -- Booklist, starred review

More About the Author

Philip C. Stead divides his time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City. Philip is the author and illustrator of Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast, and the author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee.

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A sweet book for children and adults.
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Really sweet story and beautiful illustrations.
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I am a teacher and my students loved it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Schneider on June 11, 2012
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"A Home for Bird" is a really cute book that is sure to be a favorite of your kids! Vernon meets a new friend Bird who is understandably quiet. The two embark on an adventure to find Bird's home! The illustrations include lots of details for younger kids to look for and follow from page to page to add even more depth to the story! Highly recommend! :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenny S. on June 11, 2012
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A frog named Vernon meets the mute, stoic Bird, who might be lost. Unlike some of us, Vernon doesn't think Bird's silence is standoffish or rude. His silence seems shy (and, later, brave) to Vernon. Bird is a good listener, thinks Vernon. The frog introduces Bird to his other friends, then sets out on an adventure with Bird -- going to great lengths (with great patience!) to help Bird find his home.

I thought the story and illustrations were sweet and inventive. I don't know much about styles of illustration, but I thought the somewhat scribbly, sort of watercolor-wash of color ones here went well with Vernon's gentle spirit. My son is only 1, so he doesn't get the "payoff" of the big reveal at the end of the book, but I think he will when he's a bit older (and has seen more types of clocks). I think there are some really lovely messages here -- about going to unselfish lengths for your friends, accepting people (and things) as they are, and being happy for others. Yet the book isn't didactic or heavy-handed. It's simply, as I said of the illustrations, sweet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ana Lee Wade on February 23, 2013
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This is a very delightful book. It has a cute story line and you follow the travel of the bird house until it finds its home. The pictures are colorful and my grandkids love this story. They love the animals in it. They are 4 & 6 years old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leah Nicholson on January 11, 2013
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This is a gentle story about what it means to be a good and patient friend. it teaches children to think about others and what other people might be needing or feeling. Very well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jeannine: waddleeahchaa on March 14, 2013
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Everything about this books is happiness! Vernon meets a new friend, Bird. However, "Bird is shy . . . but is also a very good listener." Bird continues to be shy and quite. Vernon begins to worry that Bird misses his home. Vernon sets out on a journey to help Bird find his home. All along the way, Bird says nothing. Finally, Vernon finds a stranger that points the way to Bird's home. Ta-dah! Bird finally sings.

The story is sweet and the rich illustrations tell the story behind the story. My children first read this story with their Daddy and they could not wait for me to read it the next day. But they were careful not to spoil the surprise at the end of the story. You'll love the cute surprise.

The illustrations are as enchanting and quirky as the story. My children studied the pictures for a long time discussing the art medium. I see an afternoon of art in our future.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Mys on November 22, 2012
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This is a five star book. A must for collectors of children literature. Beautiful illustrations! And a heart warming story for children of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Habbakuk on August 15, 2012
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We've now read this book to the little guy (almost 2) many times, so I feel qualified to judge it one of the better "read aloud" books I've come across this year. The vocabulary is young-kid friendly, but the story has a payoff that I'm pretty sure my son doesn't "get" yet, but that doesn't stop him from demanding "Bird" at the end of his day. In fairness, the little guy hasn't seen a cuckoo clock. But really, even if the story wasn't as well written, the illustrations are so incredibly lovely that they make it easy to recommend the book. Every page is filled with a lovely rendering, often from a clever perspective, of Vernon and Bird's adventures. The only recent work I've seen that leverages art in service of a story are David Wiesner's books such as Flotsam and Tuesday. I'm constantly noticing new things in the artwork, making it a joy to read through for the umpteenth time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Briones on August 21, 2012
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A delightful read with charming characters, wonderful graphics and a life lesson to be learned. Anyone can pick up this book on a bad day and start feeling better about life. I bought this book for myself and I haven't been a kid for a few years. Excellent book for all ages and esp. if you are young at heart.
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