The Dead Bird

The Dead Bird
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March 01, 2016
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One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.

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THE DEAD BIRD, a classic retold with new illustrations, is a realistic, yet charming, look at death from a uniquely childish perspective.

A diverse cast of children find a dead bird, and decide to care for it in the ways they have learned from the adults in their lives. They wrap it in leaves and bury it, then sing songs and leave flowers on the grave. The children mourn together, making this a beautiful story about death. The story is told with bold, blunt lines and colors to match the direct and sparse text. The large-scale, eye-opening illustrations invite readers to explore the book's world, to look deeper and ask questions.

The Verdict: A unique, bold picture book, THE DEAD BIRD shows young readers that death is a natural part of life that doesn't have to be all about sadness.
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