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Hey, Al Paperback – May 1, 1989
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Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This book is definitely an entertaining story. The pictures are colorful and very detailed. Kids will love looking at them and pointing out all the different birds and laugh at the silly transformation that Al and Eddie go through. I think they will also get the story, that what you have is usually better than what you lust for. Everyone, at some point in their life, dreams about something better. This book is a great reality check for us, giving a serious message in a kid's book.
Al, a nice, quiet, janitor, lived in a small but very neat apartment on the West Side of New York City with his faithful dog, Eddie. They were always struggling. Eddie hoped for a house with a backyard.
All that changed one morning when Al was startled by a huge bird said, "tommorow I will bring you to paradise." The bird offers Al and Eddie a change. The next morning, both are ready and waiting in the bathroom.the bird carries them to the paradise.
The theme of this story is that "your own home is the best place to be." Al and Eddie were much happier in their own house than in the paradise. Everyone will like this book, because it has beautiful pictures and ideas.
Al, who is a janitor, lives in a one room, one bathroom apartment on the West Side of New York City. His only companion is his loyal dog, Eddie. Not only is the place small, it is not very neat and tidy. Eddie yearns vocally for a house with a back yard.
All this changes one morning when Al is startled by a huge rainbow-beaked toucan-like bird poking his head into the bathroom while Al prepares for work. The bird offers Al and Eddie a change. The next morning, both are ready and waiting in the bathroom.
The bird carries them to a misty island high in the sky filled with beautiful pools, waterfalls, vegetation, birds, and butterflies. "Unbelievable" is their reaction. "They never had it so good." They lazed in pools of water, and ate wonderful ripe fruit. What a change from a small apartment!
But one morning, Al and Eddie started to turn into birds. Al said, "I don't want to be a bird. I'd rather mop floors!"
They head back, flapping their wings. Eddie tires and falls into the sea. Al barely gets to the apartment, where he is heartbroken over Eddie's loss. But Al has regained his human form in the process.
Then, Eddie returns, having swum from where he dropped into the ocean back to the shore.
Al realizes that "Paradise lost is sometimes Heaven found."
The last scene shows Al starting to paint the apartment a bright yellow as Eddie looks on.Read more ›
Al's just your normal janitor living with his dog in a one room apartment in New York. As the book says, he's, "a nice man, a quiet man, a janitor". Eddie, Al's dog and partner, is fed up with their life at the moment but there isn't much the two can do about it. One day, while Al's shaving in the bathroom, a huge blue bird sticks its head in the window. The bird promises that if Al merely comes with him he'll find a place without any worries and cares. The next day, Al and Eddie wait patiently in the bathroom and the bird arrives to fly them up up up to an island in the sky. Once there the two eat and drink and swim and sunbathe all day. It's a little paradise. But this world starts to go terribly terribly wrong when Al wakes up one day to find that both he and Eddie are turning into birds. Suddenly the honeymoon is over and the two friends must fly for their lives back to their little apartment in New York to return to normal. In the end, the two friends are a little wiser and a little happier with their lot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My best friend suggested this book, it was her favorite when she was young and it is definitely a winner. You will not be disappointed with this book!Published 8 months ago by shellen2
One of my favorite books from childhood and I can't wait to share it with my little girl. Arrived quickly and in good shape.Published 10 months ago by l.nelson
Bought it for my granddaughter, my kids grew up with it.Published 17 months ago by Victoria A. Alba
This is a Caldecott Award Winning book...
Out of the few Caldecott books I've read to my granddaughter and my special needs sons this one I simply did not care for at... Read more
This is a great story to read to first-graders. I made a puppet to resemble the bird and my class loved it.Published 23 months ago by Masterchef
LOVED! LOVED! Reading this book. From the moment I picked it up to read it, I could not put it down. By far one of the best children's book I've ever read. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by SammyJean
Hey, Al is an excellent teaching tool not only in school setting but in your own household as well. Children should be taught to never settle. Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Jessica
While I love this book and am a huge fan of Arthur Yorinks and Richard Egielski, this is not the original hardcover printing. It seems to be a book club binding. Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by Tom