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A Funny Little Bird
by Jennifer Yerkes


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2013 Society of Illustrators, Original Art Gold Medal Winner

A lonely, invisible bird mistakenly believes that adorning himself with flashy feathers and flowers will make him beautiful and win him new friends. Except his plan quickly backfires when his magnificent plumage attracts the attention of everyone, even the fox In his rush to safety the little bird loses every last bit of his new decorations, making him invisible once again.  Read more...


 
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Overview

2013 Society of Illustrators, Original Art Gold Medal Winner

A lonely, invisible bird mistakenly believes that adorning himself with flashy feathers and flowers will make him beautiful and win him new friends. Except his plan quickly backfires when his magnificent plumage attracts the attention of everyone, even the fox In his rush to safety the little bird loses every last bit of his new decorations, making him invisible once again. Except now in place of his loneliness is the knowledge that putting others first is the key to friendship and high self-esteem.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402280139
  • ISBN-10: 1402280130
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
  • Publish Date: May 2013
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 10.01 x 8.43 x 0.51 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.06 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Birds
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-02-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

First published in France, this slim, stylish fable introduces a bird that blends in very well with its surroundings—other than its dot eyes, carroty nose, and purple stick legs, the bird is entirely white, all but disappearing against the book’s white backgrounds. Only when the bird stands against a cluster of leaves or colorful sheets hanging from a clothesline does its swoopy silhouette become visible. The bird is made fun of (ostensibly because of its difference, though the reason isn’t made entirely clear), so it “went away.” On the road, the “funny little bird” meets a bird with beautiful feathers and finds some equally vibrant foliage, which the near-invisible bird collects to create some couture peacocklike plumage of secondhand feathers, ferns, and more. These make other animals take notice—especially predators. The story has similarities to Aesop’s parable “The Vain Jackdaw,” but things end more happily for this bird. Considering how pared down and elemental Yerkes’s illustrations are, they generate quite a bit of visual humor and suspense, not to mention personality for the story’s silent hero. Ages 4–up. (May)

 
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