Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Judy B Believes This Is A Story For All Ages

A man drives his truck up to a cliff's edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Surprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. The man's comic attempt at flight deepens the encounter between these two very different creatures. Soon the bird flies off and the man drives away, but in a surprise twist the bird and his friends return, and in a starkly lyrical moment we see them all experience something entirely new.

Judy says:
"Winner of the 2011 French Caldecott, Little Bird is a story for all ages.  Extremely visual, with very few well-chosen words, the story unfolds as a man drives his truck out to the wilderness and releases several colorful birds to the sky.  One tiny bird remains. He encourages the tiny bird to fly. The ending will surprise readers. The message?  'There are no greater treasures than the little things.'"

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