North, South, East, West
It’s time for a little bird to fly away
to the north, the south, the east, and the west.
Which direction will she like best?
She’s Still Got It!
A little red bird knows she is is ready to leave home but wonders where she will go: north, south, east, or west? She explores many regions of the world but eventually returns home, a big bird, and ready to start a family of her own. The text has all the characteristics of the best known Margaret Wise Brown books: simple vocabulary, a reliance on natural imagery, an emphasis on family relationships. Pizzoli’s rounded and vibrant illustrations evoke a wide range of settings and complement Brown’s words beautifully. Together, they portray a particular notion of time. It is calm. It is steady. It is both linear and cyclical; like children, the little red bird experiences significant growth even as the seasons change and return throughout the year.
The only thing I would have liked to see is a brief note explaining more information about this story. Was it discovered after Brown’s death? When did she write it? The story certainly stands on its own, but because Brown is such a significant figure in children’s literature, I imagine I am not the only reader who is curious about the story’s origins.
In addition to bringing up the more social-emotional themes of home, exploration, and growth, this book could also connect to content areas in science and social studies, and could serve as an introduction to geography, climates, and the cardinal directions. For all of these reasons and more, with a few more years, some devoted fans in classrooms and libraries, and (of course!) careful marketing, this book could easily join the MWB canon.
Bright and evocative illustrations
Delightful and beautiful
This was a delightful story of a little baby bird who will someday have to leave the nest and find somewhere to make her own. But the baby bird just can’t quite figure out where to go. So she flies North, South, East, and West. Finally figuring out where she belongs. I loved everything about this book. From the message, to the illustrations. Everything was so well done and I enjoyed every second of it.
One of my favorite things about this book was the fact that every time baby bird flew somewhere new you got a look at her surroundings. When she flies to the North it’s all ice and snow and when she flies to the South she’s surrounded by sea and trees. But the best of all was when baby bird finally found her own place to build her nest.
Overall this book was an enjoyable, adorable story about leaving the nest. This is a wonderful story for kids ages 4-8, parents will enjoy this just as much as the kids.