Saturday, August 16, 2014

Two Little Birds

 Cover image for Two little birds
Two Little Birds
By Mary Newell DePalma
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2014 picture book

Two birds begin life together in a nest high in a tree. Together they learn to fly and together they go out to explore the world. They fly through storms, and cross an ocean.  They spend a winter in a strange land, and then they start back for home.  When they return they are ready to build nests of their own.  This is a first introduction to the wonder of bird migration for the youngest readers.  The text is simple, only a sentence or two per page, but DePalma manages to communicate the little birds' courage and determination. The illustrations are painted with soft colors on a textured canvas and convey, in an age appropriate way, the momentous journey the two birds make, both physically and emotionally.

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