Title: Baby Bird
Author: Andrew Gibbs
Baby Bird has a twisted and shrunken wing that makes Baby different from the other hatchlings. Baby watches as the others all fly away from the nest; but when Baby tries, Baby falls. Baby tries again and again. Baby meets a coot who tries to help, but Baby Bird just can’t fly. With the help of Coot, will Baby Bird learn that there is more than one way to fly?
Zosienka illustrations are brilliant, seamlessly complimenting Andrew’s fabulous story. Zosienka has captured Baby Bird’s struggle to fly to perfection, making you feel like you are there with Baby and willing Baby on.
By far my favourite spread was when Coot scoots – creating a scene we’ve all seen when a coot runs across the water.
This book is an absolute triumph, celebrating “ability not disability”. It surprised me with its elegance and simplicity and has a timeless quality which I hope sees this book become a classic. A story that belongs in every home, school and library across the world.
Picture Book Perfect Rating:
Five out of five stars.
But five stars doesn’t do this book justice so I have awarded it the Picture Book Perfect Silver Award!
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, Quarto Kids
Publication date: 7 March 2019
ISBN: 978 1786035929
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with an advanced digital copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.