How to Heal a Broken Wing

How to Heal a Broken Wing9780763639037_p0_v1_s260x420How to Heal a Broken Wing

Bob Graham, Author and Illustrator

Candlewick Press, Fiction, 2008

Suitable for Ages: 3-8

Themes: Birds, Compassion, Healing

Opening: “High above the city, no one heard the soft thud of feathers against glass.  No one saw the bird fall.  No one looked down…except Will.”

Synopsis:  When Will finds a bird with a broken wing lying on the pavement, he gently picks it up and takes it home to care for it.  His  parents help bandage the wing and Will  lovingly feeds and nurtures the bird back to health.  With rest and a little hope, the bird may fly again.

Why I like this book:  Bob Graham’s lyrical tory celebrates the compassion of a small boy for an injured bird.  Graham writes with such simplicity (text is under 75 words) and with double page spreads that show the story with contrasts and beautiful detail.  Many spreads have no words just rich illustrations done in pen, watercolor and chalk.   Children are loving by nature and like caring for injured animals.  They will enjoy pouring over the detail on each page to see if Will is able to save the bird. This is such a touching and uplifting story for children.  Bob Graham is a leading Australian author and illustrator recognized internationally for his work.

Resources:  Visit the Audubon website for activities and resources about birth watching, bird counting at home and at school.  You can even adopt a bird. They have a range of activities for all ages groups that fit the core curriculum.   Visit a pond to teach kids about water birds.  Observe migratory birds in the spring and autumn. Make bird houses, set up bird baths and make winter bird treats.

Every Friday authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  Although PPBF is on a summer break until September, you can still view a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, at author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

30 thoughts on “How to Heal a Broken Wing

  1. What a kind book – and it comes at an opportune moment, as one of the Cornell red-tail hawk fledglings recently broke a wing. This sounds like a good healing story for the kids upset by the event (an accident).

  2. Great premise, as this is something common, and kids need to know how to be gentle and caring with animals.

  3. A good review of the story of Will taking care of a bird with a broken wing. Reminds me of a true story when my husband’s nephew was a small boy. While he and his family were visiting from California, he found a sparrow baby on the ground too young to fly. He took the bird back to California and raised it until one day he turned it loose to fly away.

  4. I too rescued birds as a child. My adult daughter now volunteers for a wildlife rescue association and has rescued large birds such as eagles. This is such a lovely book. Perhaps one to keep on hand to read to little visitors.

    • Glad you enjoyed this story. Your daughter is doing important work. I used to writed articles on the eagles and other endangered species in Ohio. I published two videos on my FB page yesterday that moved me about wildlife and the forests. If you have time check them out. Think you’d enjoy them.

  5. What a unique story! I like stories that are told largely in the illustrations. It has the possibility of making the story so much bigger. Excellent review. I’ll be looking for this one. Thanks!

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