This simple story, nicely complemented by warm and colorful illustrations, subtly celebrates the wonder of migration. Two Little Birds is a perfect book for introducing young children to nature's small miracles.
- ISBN-13: 9780802854216
- ISBN-10: 0802854214
- Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: February 2014
- Page Count: 34
- Reading Level: Ages 5-9
- Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-25
- Reviewer: Staff
In an author’s note, DePalma (Bow-Wow Wiggle Waggle) explains that her story is based on the migration of orchard orioles from the northeast U.S. to Central America and back, a journey that includes a daunting 18-hour flight across the Gulf of Mexico. Her lyrically told story opens with the birth of two birds in a nest assembled from layered scraps of paper: “The little birds did what little birds do. They fed, they frolicked, they grew.” After the birds witness a nocturnal migration, they join right in, their golden bodies shining against purple-blue skies thick with clouds. When the birds are tossed, “rumble flash boom,” by a storm, collaged bits of roadmaps underscore their disarray; just before they attempt to cross the Gulf, DePalma pictures them as dark specks on an immense beach beneath a vast, clear sky: “Now what do we do?” The birds eventually reach their tropical destination and make the return trip without incident—stronger and ready to start a new family. The subtext that the young and tiny are capable of remarkable feats won’t be lost on readers. Ages 5–9. (Feb.)