Bird House

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Bird House
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2+
Release Date
April 20, 2021
ISBN
978-1419744082
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A grandmother and grandchild nurse an injured bird together in this touching story about caring for all creatures, the wonder of nature, and letting go

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.

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sweet and lovely picture book
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5.0
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BIRD HOUSE is a lovely story about a young girl and her abuela, who find an injured bird. They treat its injury and allow it to fly around the house while it is healing. After it is all better, they let it go. Eventually, they have a visitor- the bird has come back to visit. The little girl asks if she can keep the bird, but her abuela tells her that it doesn't belong to them though it is welcome to visit anytime.

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.
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