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Two Little Birds
by Mary Newell Depalma


Overview - Two little birds hatch and grow until one day, they see an amazing sight: hundreds of birds, all flying together in one direction. They decide to join in, and so begins an amazing and sometimes dangerous journey that they never could have imagined. Eventually they return home -- and the cycle starts over again.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Two little birds hatch and grow until one day, they see an amazing sight: hundreds of birds, all flying together in one direction. They decide to join in, and so begins an amazing and sometimes dangerous journey that they never could have imagined. Eventually they return home -- and the cycle starts over again.
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.

 
Details
  • 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


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Birds

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • 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.)

 
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