Perfect Picture Book Friday: Birdsong
Author: Julie Flett
Illustrator: Julie Flett
Publisher: Greystone Books
Audience: Ages 4-8
Themes: seasons, nature, intergenerational friendship
Opening lines: It’s a mucky spring morning as we pack up the last of our belongings and leave our little home in the city by the sea.
I’m going to miss my friends and cousins and aunties and uncles. I’m going to miss my bedroom window and the tree outside.
Synopsis: (from the jacket flap) When a young girl moves to her new home far away from the sea, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of nature and art. As the seasons change, can the girl navigate the failing health of her new friend?
Why I Like This Book: I was grabbed by the lyrical language from the first page. The simple illustrations are perfect, enhancing the text but never overpowering. The words and art combine to help us feel Katherena’s loneliness and her delight in finding a new friend. I especially like how the passage of the seasons marks Katherena’s growth in dealing with her emotions and the gradual decline of her friend, Agnes.
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