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Abby's Birds

Abby's Birds

by Ellen Schwartz, Sima Elizabeth Shefrin
     
 

Abby makes an unlikely friend in her neighborhood—her elderly Japanese neighbor, Mrs. Naka. All spring and summer, the two delight in the robins that live in the maple tree that straddles their yards, following the birds' progress as they nest and the babies hatch and learn to fly. Mrs. Naka teaches Abby how to make tori—origami birds. Later, when Mrs.

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Abby makes an unlikely friend in her neighborhood—her elderly Japanese neighbor, Mrs. Naka. All spring and summer, the two delight in the robins that live in the maple tree that straddles their yards, following the birds' progress as they nest and the babies hatch and learn to fly. Mrs. Naka teaches Abby how to make tori—origami birds. Later, when Mrs. Naka has an accident, will Abby be able to use her new skill to conjure up a surprise to comfort her ailing neighbor?

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When Abby moves into her new house, she meets her new neighbor, Mrs. Naka, a long time resident. She shows Abby where a robin is building a nest and tells her soon there will be babies, as there are every year. When Mrs. Naka makes a tori, an origami bird, Abby tries to copy it and makes the tori fly. When one baby robin dies, Mrs. Naka comforts Abby. One night, Mrs. Naka breaks her hip and goes off in an ambulance. Promising to return, she gives Abby some papers to make tori. As autumn arrives, the baby birds grow and fly away while Abby practices making the paper birds. When Mrs. Naka finally comes home, Abby has made her a surprise. With her parents’ help, she has filled the bare tree branches with colorful tori. Shefrin uses cut papers on relatively blank colored backgrounds to tell this charming story. There are few details--hands are like mittens, facial features are just ink lines. But Mrs. Naka wears dresses with attractive patterns and has textured hair. The emotional connection between the two main characters is clear. For those who like a challenge, directions for making origami birds are inside the dust jacket. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781896580869
Publisher:
Tradewind Books
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ellen Schwartz is the author of fourteen books for children and one adult nonfiction book. In addition to writing books,
she has published dozens of magazine articles and adult short stories, and her stories for children have been published in children's magazines and teaching anthologies. Ellen, whose background is in education, currently works as a corporate and curriculum writer and editor, and teaches creative writing classes at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. Ellen has two daughters and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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