FLY, LITTLE BIRD by Tina Burke


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Age Range: 2 - 6
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In her debut, Burke offers readers the essence of picture book: a nearly wordless work for which she relies on her expressive watercolors to tell the tale. A girl and her pup discover a young green parrot forlornly tweeting in a bush. After entreating the fledgling to take flight to no avail, the girl brings the orphan home with her. Burke alternates between full-bleed, full-page illustrations with smaller snapshot-sized and framed pictures to form a series of vignettes revealing the blossoming friendship between child and bird. Eventually the bird learns to fly, much to the girl’s dismay. However, her pursuit of her feathered pal results in the discovery that the little parrot has happily found its family. Although Burke’s medium of expression is primarily through her illustrations, they are surprisingly spare in details. Instead it’s the faces of her three characters that convey everything. Pre-readers and readers alike will enjoy this visual treat that tickles the funny bone while providing a tender reflection on friendship. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-933605-02-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kane/Miller
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2006