Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review: Little Bird

For the holidays, I'll be reviewing a book or series a day from December 1 through the 24th.

Today's book is Little Bird by Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine, one of our holiday's picture book picks.

A man releases a group of birds into the wild, but one little bird stays behind and makes a friend.

This is a hard book to give a plot summary for without being totally misleading.  The pictures show the relationship between the bird and the man growing into one of attachment and generosity.  The words tell a different story, one applicable to the illustrations, but far more universal.  It teaches the quiet lesson to appreciate the small moments in life that can turn a normal day into something truly special, but all too often go by unnoticed.  This is truly an all-ages picture book.  Young ones will have fun identifying the story told in the pictures while older readers will appreciate the rich philosophical message.

This book is recommended for fans of wordless stories, those who like some depth to their kid's books and any adults longing for a picture book that speaks to them.

Little Bird is published by Enchanted Lion Books and retails for $16.95 (hardcover).  I read a sample copy from the publisher.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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