A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016!
This heartwarming classic picture book by beloved children's book author Margaret Wise Brown is beautifully reillustrated for a contemporary audience by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.
One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 279 x 229 x 6 mm
Edition: International ed.
"Brown takes a direct approach to a difficult subject, suggesting how community rituals provide solace. Robinson concludes with a wide-angle view of growing trees and the children flying a kite, implying a return to carefree fun and putting a poignant distance between the tiny figures and readers." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Robinson's sensitive new mixed-media art, with its personality-rich quartet of young people...and its city-park setting, elicits the children's deeply felt emotions and their actions to honor the bird's memory." -- Horn Book Magazine
"The original text is timeless, and the modern, cheerful illustrations will help resurrect this classic for a new generation of readers." -- ALA Booklist
"Robinson thoughtfully pays homage to his predecessor while bringing something new to the telling...a lovely book befitting its lineage." -- School Library Journal