Thursday, July 22, 2021

Once Upon a Time...There Was a Little Bird by Maja Andersen

Little Bird has a broken wing so she can't join her friends flying south for the winter. Wherever will she find shelter?  The adorable protagonist goes from tree to tree trying to find someone who will let her shelter in their branches. While she explores, children will learn the names of tree species and they may also spy some other woodland creatures on the pages. 

This is a short little book (great for wiggly listeners) that retells a tale believed to have been shared by the Anishanaabe group of indigenous people of North America.  The book closes with a brief explanation of bird migration and the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees.

I loved the bright colors and the animated style of the illustrations. Children will delight in the satisfying conclusion to Little Bird's search and learn a valuable lesson about kindness. It would be fun to follow up with a nature hike to find the trees from the book. I recommend this sweet little tale as a read aloud for ages 2-5.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Once Upon a Time...There Was a Little Bird from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.


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