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?
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
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.