Colly's Barn

Colly's Barn

by Michael Morpurgo, Ian Andrew
     
 

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Annie's father is going to knock down the old barn. What will happen to Colly the swallow and all the other birds that nest there?

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Annie's father is going to knock down the old barn. What will happen to Colly the swallow and all the other birds that nest there?

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"[Colly's Barn] is a good choice for fluent early readers transitioning to chapter books." —School Library Journal
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—Colly is a swallow that migrates every year to the old barn on the farm where Annie lives with her parents and Grandad. Her grandfather is very sentimental about the barn, but her father plans to demolish it. The birds that live there with Colly converse and offer one another support when they find their home threatened, first by a storm and later by the plan to tear it down. Grandad helps Annie to understand the barn's importance as a place for birds to nest and raise their young. One evening Screecher, an owl, visits them in what seems like a dream to tell them about her father's plan. Annie convinces him to spare the barn, although it is too late for Colly, who has died of exhaustion from efforts to repair the building. Young readers will learn about the migration of barn swallows and sympathize with Colly's struggles to protect her fledglings. Andrew's realistic, colorful pastel sketches enhance every page. This book is a good choice for fluent early readers transitioning to chapter books.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Children's Literature
Annie's grandpa tells her that birds can talk. "Not like you maybe,....and not like me, but they talk all right....I wonder if they understand us?" He is referring to the birds in their barn-the old barn that Annie's father wants to bulldoze and rebuild. Screecher, the owl, and Colly, the swallow, both have nests in the barn. One day a cat frightens Colly's baby bird and Screecher swoops down to save him. Soon after, lightning rips a hole through the barn. Annie's father says it is time to demolish the old building. Screecher and Colly overhear him and worry. Screecher's two owlets are not ready to fly and he won't leave them. Colly and the birds devise a plan to patch the barn. In this magical tale readers will believe that these flying creatures talk to each other, understand humans, and are smart enough to communicate with the characters. Annie had doubted her grandfather' words about talking birds. But, as the story progresses, she comes to believe that birds and owls not only communicate with each other, but are capable of forming powerful bonds with each other. This is evident to readers when they discover just how far Colly will go to help her beloved friend Screecher. This poignant story is a chapter book in the publisher's "Yellow Bananas" series. 2002 (orig.1991), Crabtree Publishing, Pettenati

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405202558
Publisher:
Egmont UK
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Red Bananas Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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Michael Morpurgo is the award-winning author of more than 40 books. Ian Andrew is the illustrator of The Boat.

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