On a snowy day, a grandmother and grandchild find an injured bird. They take it home and care for it until it can fly around the living room. It is fantastic—just like everything at Abuela’s house! But a fantastic moment is also bittersweet, for the little bird’s recovery means that it’s time to let it fly free. Drawing inspiration from a formative childhood experience, Blanca Gómez crafts a deceptively simple story that is morally and emotionally resonant and is brimming with love, wonder, and a deep respect for the natural world.
What I loved: This is a beautifully illustrated and simple story that is sure to delight young audiences. Each page captures abuela's home and the magic of it all in the little girl's eyes through the lovely illustrations. The story of the bird is simple and hopeful, expressing the need to allow things to find their own way and the joy of helping others. The way this ends is perfect, with the bird visiting the little bird house they have created for it but knowing that it is not theirs to keep.
The text is very brief throughout, making this a story that captures the imagination and illustrates much while saying very little. This would work for a broad audience as a result, appealing to young toddlers through elementary school aged readers.
Final verdict: A story of grandparent love, helping others, and friendship, BIRD HOUSE is a lovely picture book read that will capture young imaginations.