Shh! We Have A Plan
by Chris Haughton
Candlewick Press, 2014. Picture Book.
Four friends go through the woods and see a colorful bird perched on a branch. As the smallest friend exclaims "hello, birdie" the other three respond with "Shh! We have a plan." The three attempt to capture the bird, only to end up piled over each other. This scenario repeats until the smallest friend succeeds in giving bread crumbs to the colorful bird, which brings many birds. The other three friends are foiled when they realize the birds outnumber them. Haughton combines limited text and a bold color palette for powerful storytelling. The spot-on comedic timing and meaningful message make this a great read-aloud.