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A Home for Bird Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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 fact that the two books are structurally the same makes me realize just how hard it is to get a children's book perfect. It's not that easy to explain why this book is sort of meh while Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat is so so great.
If you happen to like A Home for Bird, definitely get Jonathan ATBBB. And if you don't like Home for Bird, don't give up on Phillip Stead… Try out Jonathan. It's been one of the books our kid seems to never tire of and we parents like it too.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of our favorites with great pictures. Turned us on to P C Stead.Published 9 months ago by D. Herd
Love this book! I am a big fan of Phillip Stead's books for children. Great illustrations too. Would highly recommend!Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
When Vernon the frog is out foraging for stuff, he comes upon a blue bird, who appears to have a shyness problem and need a home. Read morePublished 17 months ago by L. M. Keefer
Wonderful story of friendship and persistence with a surprise at the end. Beautiful illustrations. A favorite of my 6 yr old grandsonPublished 18 months ago by luvgrdane
Love the artwork. Simple story. My 2.5 year old loves it too. Is there a sequel?Published 19 months ago by Mackenzie L. Paesano
This book is part of a reading g program in Indiana called the "young hoosier book awards". Kids must read at leaset 5 of them and they get to vote for their favorite... Read morePublished 19 months ago by jtl
My son has selective mutism and I came across this book in my search of books. He is 5 years old so some of the other books were too lengthy. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by H. Symes