BABY WREN AND THE GREAT GIFT by Sally Lloyd-Jones

BABY WREN AND THE GREAT GIFT

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A little bird explores her environment, meeting other creatures with special talents before discovering her own.

The baby wren is first seen alone in her nest, but she soon hops out and meets other birds, animals, and fish. To the tiny bird, the soaring kingfisher and eagles, splashing sunfish, and cartwheeling ring-tailed cats are amazing and accomplished, doing spectacular things that astonish a naïve little bird. In classic find-your-own-talent fashion, the baby wren is then so inspired by a glowing, pink sunrise that she is moved to sing her own song, which can be heard all over the canyon. The lyrical text uses rich, poetic imagery along with judicious repetition to create a memorable setting for the little bird’s exploratory journey. A large format and double-page-spread illustrations in jewel tones make the canyon setting appealing, though the bird is sometimes dwarfed by the expansive vistas. When the baby wren finds her own voice, she offers a big, open-ended thank you for everything in her world. There is no overt religious content in the text, though there is a short quotation on the front cover flap referring to prayer and a brief quote on the back cover flap from Martin Luther about the power of song.

An attractive visual presentation complements an engaging text for a fresh interpretation of an old theme. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 5th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-310-73389-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Zonderkidz
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2016




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