A Funny Little Bird
Sweet fable has beautiful look and message.
What parents need to know
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the small, overlooked hero of A Funny Little Bird has a close encounter with a fox and a weasel, but all turns out well in the end. He often feels ignored and sometimes is teased, and begins the story without friends. By the story's end, however, his seeming weakness becomes his strength.
What's the story?
A funny little bird, seemingly invisible, is teased by the other birds because of the way he looks. Sad and lonely, he begins collecting colorful odds and ends to adorn himself with beautiful finds: brightly colored feathers, petals, and stems. Delighted with his new look, he struts and preens -- and quickly draws the attention of a fox. The bird discards all his treasures and hides, back to his old, barely visible self. But it dawns on him that going unseen isn't so bad. He can even help hide his friends when danger is near -- and he isn't so lonely anymore.
Is it any good?
The hero of A FUNNY LITTLE BIRD may feel he goes unnoticed, but he'll capture the attention of little ones in this visually arresting picture book. The striking illustrations by first-time author Jennifer Yerkes, a graphic artist, are both elegant and charming.
Sparse text allows the pictures to tell the story, which proves to be a fable about the importance of connecting with others rather than trying to control the spotlight. It's a terrific book for cuddling up and reading together, so both adult readers and their young listeners can enjoy the artwork. Kids will delight in finding the camouflaged bird on each spread.
Families can talk about...
- Families can talk about how going unseen helps the little bird stay safe. Talk about other examples of how animals use camouflage for protection.
- The little bird dresses up in treasures and enjoys showing off. Ask kids about their favorite dress-up clothes. How do they feel when they dress up?
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