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The Dead Bird
by Margaret Wise Brown and Christian Robinson


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A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016

This heartwarming classic picture book by beloved children's book author Margaret Wise Brown is beautifully reillustrated for a contemporary audience by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.  Read more...


 
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More About The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown; Christian Robinson
 
 
 
Overview

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016

This heartwarming classic picture book by beloved children's book author Margaret Wise Brown is beautifully reillustrated for a contemporary audience by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.

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.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780060289317
  • ISBN-10: 0060289317
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Death & Dying
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Birds
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-12-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Browns 1938 story, best known from a 1958 version illustrated by Remy Charlip, describes a group of children who discover a dead bird. Robinson (Leo: A Ghost Story) pictures a verdant urban park, where four childrenone dressed as a red fox, another wearing blue fairy wingsfrolic with a big gray dog. The sad news arrives on the first page: The bird was dead when the children found it. The frowning children gently lift the small brown bird, finding it was still warm and its eyes were closed.... But there was no heart beating. That was how they knew it was dead. They solemnly bury the bird under the leafy trees, improvise a mourning song, and surround a stone marker with summer flowers, behaving the way grown-up people did when someone died. Even as the children imitate grief in response to the wild birds death, they genuinely grieve the joy that has been lost: Youll never fly again, they realize. Robinsons illustrations hint at how the improvised funeral enables the children to acknowledge impermanence, his close-ups capturing their concentration as they assemble the memorial. Brown takes a direct approach to a difficult subject, suggesting how community rituals provide solace. Robinson concludes with a wide-angle view of growing trees and the children flying a kite, implying a return to carefree fun and putting a poignant distance between the tiny figures and readers. Ages 48. Illustrators agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)

 
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