Little Bird

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A man drives his truck up to a cliff's edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Surprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. The man's comic attempt at flight deepens the encounter between these two very different creatures. Soon the bird flies off and the man drives...

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A man drives his truck up to a cliff's edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Surprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. The man's comic attempt at flight deepens the encounter between these two very different creatures. Soon the bird flies off and the man drives away, but in a surprise twist the bird and his friends return, and in a starkly lyrical moment we see them all experience something entirely new.

Germano Zullo is a prolific writer and poet who lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He writes for adults and children alike, and has written many popular children's comics and stories.

Albertine has illustrated loads of children's books and also illustrates for many of the daily French newspapers in Switzerland. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Geneva.

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2012

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Shimmering, color-saturated landscapes and a message about cherishing small things make this English-language debut by a Swiss team an unexpected treasure. It’s about a man whose job, apparently, is to release a truckful of large, colorful birds into the endless expanse of a golden desert—perhaps they’ve been rehabilitated, or confiscated at the border of some unnamed country. He sets his flock free, but discovers a small black bird in the back of his truck who won’t leave. They share his lunchtime sandwich, after which he reminds the bird gently (and comically) how to fly. The bird leaves, but returns with an offer so enchanting that the man can’t refuse, and readers may long to join him. Zullo’s text lets the artwork do the storytelling, instead presenting a parallel series of spare philosophical reflections: “There are no greater treasures than the little things,” it concludes. “Just one is enough to change the world.” To enter into the spirit of the story, it’s best to sit down and pay close attention to it—just as the bird-delivery man does with the small black bird. Ages 5–up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this book with 16 lines of text, a Swiss team shows that "…little things are not made to be noticed. They are there to be discovered." Spare, rustic cartoons in bright colors follow a truck driver in overalls as he delivers a wealth of glorious birds from an enormous red van into the golden wild. When one tiny blackbird refuses to leave, the man offers flight coaching. The bird finally departs but returns with his original companions to pursue the van and lift the driver into the skies, where he, too, soon takes flight to "change the world." This quirky caprice can be enjoyed for its art on one level, and valued by older readers for the message of its poetry.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Uplifting in more ways than one, this prizewinning import suggests that little things can change lives--and perhaps even the world. Placing small, uncomplicated shapes against large fields of uniform color to create an aptly simple look, Albertine provides a visual plot for Zullo's meditative abstractions. Some days "have something a little more," which is "not made to be noticed" but "there to be discovered." A man pulls up to a cliff in a truck and opens the back to release a flight of birds. Spotting one small, shy bird remaining, he companionably sits with it, then persuades it to take wing by flapping his arms and falling comically to the ground. Later, though, it returns--leading all the other birds--to carry the man up into the sky so that he can take flight on his own. Drawn with delicate precision, the characters express fear, friendship, yearning and delight through glances, posture and other cues that are not too subtle for observant children to pick up. More than half of the spreads are wordless, and for younger audiences at least, the rest could just as well be too. Adult explication may be needed for the textual rubric; the visually told story is enthralling all on its own. (Picture book. 6-8, adult)
Sophie Blackall
…an engaging invitation to embrace small, often overlooked treasures. The story unfolds leisurely, almost like an animation.
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592701186
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 176,024
  • Age range: 5 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Germano Zullo: Germano Zullo is a prolific writer and poet, who lives in Geneva. He writes for adults and children alike, and has written many popular children's comics and stories.

Albertine: Albertine has illustrated loads of children's books and also illustrates for many of the daily French newspapers in Switzerland. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Geneva.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Total Charm

    Little Bird is a perceptive visual tale and not just for children, but indeed for anyone who enjoys a more simple time brought forth through imagination, wit and heart. It's beautiful! You will smile when you reach the end of this journey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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