A HOME FOR BIRD by Philip C. Stead
Kirkus Star

A HOME FOR BIRD

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Vernon is both a toad and a forager for found objects. Ambling along with his latest haul, he chances upon a creature he seeks to know and then to help. 

Observant children will have noticed (next to the copyright information) the overloaded “Careful Moving Co.” pickup truck barreling down the road, where a bump releases a cuckoo from its clock spring. On re-readings, additional story elements will be discovered in the truck. Vernon observes that “Bird is shy…but also a very good listener,” when he introduces Bird to his friends. He and his pals conclude that Bird is lost and unhappy, so the thoughtful, resourceful amphibian readies a teacup boat for the journey to help this quiet stranger return home. They check out a birdcage, birdhouse, mailbox, nest and telephone wires—to no avail, but “Vernon was a determined friend.” After the weary pair seeks refuge inside a familiar farmhouse clock, Vernon wakes to a cheery “Cuckoo!” and all is well. Stead’s loose gouache strokes and crayon scribbles create a disheveled world just right for suggesting a junk-collector’s paradise. Wide lines mix with thin curves, and wet and dry strokes commingle for a dappled, breezy setting; blue and green canopies often frame the page borders. Stead’s sensitive telling and white background create space for contemplation.

A deeply satisfying story that speaks to the universal desires to be nurtured and to find a home. (Picture book. 3-8)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Pub Date: June 5th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59643-711-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2012




BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF 2012: FRIENDS & FAMILY IN PICTURE BOOKS:

ChildrenEAST DRAGON, WEST DRAGON by Robyn Eversole
by Robyn Eversole
ChildrenOH, NO! by Candace Fleming
by Candace Fleming
ChildrenBOOT & SHOE by Marla  Frazee
by Marla Frazee
ChildrenDAY BY DAY by Susan Gal
by Susan Gal
ChildrenWHAT'S THE TIME, MR. WOLF? by Debi Gliori
by Debi Gliori

MORE BY PHILIP C. STEAD

ChildrenSPECIAL DELIVERY by Philip C. Stead
by Philip C. Stead
ChildrenSEBASTIAN AND THE BALLOON by Philip C. Stead
by Philip C. Stead
ChildrenHELLO, MY NAME IS RUBY by Philip C. Stead
by Philip C. Stead

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE LOST (AND FOUND) BALLOON by Celeste Jenkins
by Celeste Jenkins
ChildrenMY RED BALLOON by Kazuaki Yamada
by Kazuaki Yamada
ChildrenTHOSE DARN SQUIRRELS FLY SOUTH by Adam Rubin
by Adam Rubin