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A Funny Little Bird Hardcover – May 7, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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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

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : AD480L
  • Grade Level : 1 - 3
  • Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
  • Hardcover : 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1402280130
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1402280139
  • Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 4 - 8 years
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 7 ratings