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.
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