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“Shimmering, color-saturated landscapes and a message about cherishing small things make this English-language debut by a Swiss team an unexpected treasure.” - Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“Uplifting in more ways than one, this prizewinning import suggests that little things can change lives – and perhaps even the world.” – Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

"Children’s picture books — the best of them, at least — have this magical quality of speaking to young hearts with expressive simplicity, but also engaging grown-up minds with subtle reflections on the human condition. Such is the case of Little Bird (public library) by Swiss author-illustrator duo Germano Zullo and Albertine, published by the wonderful Enchanted Lion Books. Illustrated in Albertine’s signature style of soft, colorful minimalism, this little gem is like a beautiful silent film, only in vibrant hues and on paper." -- Brain Pickings

“An impressive picture book that is modern, fresh and will have readers looking for tiny treasures in their lives too.” – Waking Brain Cells

“I’m a big fan of Brooklyn-based publishing company Enchanted Lion […] they always have excellent taste in artists and unique storytellers. Their latest release, a prizewinning Swiss import [Little Bird], is no exception.” – Ben Partridge, Apartment Therapy

"It's high time we here in the U.S. started paying better attention to books published internationally.
Take for instance, Little Bird, winner of the 2011 Prix Sorcières for illustration (the French Caldecott).
Yes, the book is visually stunning. It's clear why it won an award for illustrations. But it's a great story, too. About the small things in life. About keeping your eyes open for the little ways that make every day different, unique, and a day to be treasured." -- A Year of Reading

About the Author

Germano Zullo: Germano Zullo is a prolific writer and poet, who lives in Geneva. He writes for adults and children alike, and has written many popular children's comics and stories.

Albertine: Albertine has illustrated loads of children's books and also illustrates for many of the daily French newspapers in Switzerland. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Geneva.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592701183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592701186
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By littlemisssunshine on November 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE this book. I use it with my 4th grade students during writing workshop to introduce the idea of writing about a small moment. I also refer to Little Bird during our schoolyard field guide work. The text speaks for itself...just read it.

Some days are different.
One could almost believe that one day is just like another.
But some have something a little more.
Nothing much.
Just a small thing.
Tiny.
Most of the time we don't notice these things.
Because the little things are not made to be noticed.
They are there to be discovered.
When we take time to look for them...
the small things appear.
Here or there.
Tiny.
But suddenly so present...
they seem enormous.
The small things are treasures.
True treasures.
There are no greater treasures than the little things.
One is enough to enrich the moment.
Just one is enough to change the world.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Fell on June 28, 2012
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I first "read" the book to my 3 year old son by talking through the pictures - I didn't realize that the text was there until half way through because it isn't on every page. He loved the book, wanted to talk about it and then asked me to reread it to him several times. The second time, I actually read the text and I fell in love with the beautiful message of the book - which reads like a poem. Highly recommended. It has become a favorite for both of us!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chipmunk Kiss on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed at a local library and read it to my 17 months son and he loved it!
He loves any book with a car and he goes "brrrrr" (car sound) whenever I read this book.
He even imitates the flying action. It is so cute.
The story is simple, but it has very powerful message.
It almost made me cry.
This is one of the books that will be cherished for a long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Burrell on January 17, 2013
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I'm completely in love with this book. The art is beautiful, and the story reads like poetry. I work at a library, and as soon as it came in from cataloging, I knew I had to have it, even though I don't have kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. D. Howard on August 12, 2012
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This is a book for all ages! Its almost wordless pages are bright with color and meaning. The expressions on the faces of man and tiny bird are priceless, and the love expressed by the surprise ending will bring a smile and warm any heart. A great gift book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Young on June 8, 2013
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This exquisite picture book must be savored slowly. Each page is simple and as the pages are turned the reader (few words in print but many in your mind) sees a story unfolding between the truck driving man and a small bird he finds in the back. I won't spoil the plot but it is transformative. It makes the point that kindness in small ways and for small things can change everything. WONDERFUL book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 22, 2012
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I love whimsical, silly books. So LITTLE BIRD is perfect for me. It's the story of a man and some birds and it touches base with reality only at the beginning, which is fine with me and most small fry.

The artwork is great for little children. It's bold and colorful, with big slabs of blue sky, yellow ground, and red truck. As for text, there isn't much. And, in fact, you could use this book as if it was WORDLESS.

**We talk about the story**

The story is deceptively simple. A man drives to a cliff at the end of a road and parks his big red panel truck. He opens the doors and a pretty large flock of beautiful, exotic birds fly away. The man is about to shut the doors when he notices that someone's still inside. It's a little black bird . The man tries to get him join the others but the bird isn't interested, so they share a sandwich and some time together.

And that's where the true magic begins. Because as wise children and mommies know, "There are no greater treasures than the little things"

**We stop talking about specifics**

This is a beautiful little book that addresses the very important point that there can be great value in little things. And that wonder and magic can enter your life in unexpected ways.

We really liked this book at my house.

Pam T~
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barb on May 17, 2013
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The colors and pictures are fabulous and the story is simple and warm. My four-year old granddaughter doesn't quite understand the story yet but she loves looking at the book and having it read to her.
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