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A Home for Bird Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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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.
“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
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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.
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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