Little Bird Takes a Bath

Little Bird Takes a Bath

by Marisabina Russo
     
 

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In this sweet read-aloud, a little bird in the big city searches for the perfect puddle. Fans of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” will enjoy Little Bird's search for a just-right puddle after a rainstorm. He searches far and wide, but some puddles are too big, some are too small, and some are already crowded with bathers.

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In this sweet read-aloud, a little bird in the big city searches for the perfect puddle. Fans of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” will enjoy Little Bird's search for a just-right puddle after a rainstorm. He searches far and wide, but some puddles are too big, some are too small, and some are already crowded with bathers.

When Little Bird finds a good-looking puddle in a city park, one surprise after another spoils his bath. A ball comes bounce-bounce-bouncing. . . . A little girl comes flip-flop-flapping. . . . And a dog comes arf-arf-arfing . . . straight through Little Bird's puddle. But soon, Little Bird finds the perfect puddle to call his own.

Appealing illustrations and a rhythmic text filled with repetition and fun sounds make this an ideal choice for storytime or laptime.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/05/2015
As far as Little Bird is concerned, a rainstorm is only good for one thing: creating a “perfect puddle” to use as a bathtub once it’s nice and sunny. But every time he settles into his puddle in a city park and begins his ablutions, something (like ball-bouncing, puddle-jumping children) comes along to scare him and, worse yet, make the puddle smaller. Russo’s (Sophie Sleeps Over) ostensibly simple premise, toylike renderings, and schoolroom palette seem to point to a pleasant story with low emotional stakes. But there’s actually something more going on that readers should find deeply resonant. Little Bird is a creature of strong opinions (“Little Bird didn’t like rain. He didn’t like rain at all”) who just wants to accomplish one important thing in an environment that offers little control and many obstacles. For Russo’s increasingly independent-minded target audience, that’s pretty much daily life. So when Little Bird finally discovers a right-sized “splashy, swirly” fountain where he can have his bath, it’s no wonder that his faith in the world is restored. When you’re small, little victories can feel very big. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
12/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Russo's new picture book is about staying positive on a rainy day. Little Bird expresses his distaste for the rain, briefly, then he sings bits of familiar water-inspired songs ("Rain, Rain Go Away," "Rub-a-Dub-Dub") and heads for the nearest puddle. Before he can get fully wet, though, he's scared away by children, a dog, and other birds. But it's while he's flying high in the sky that he spots something "shining, sparkling, and shimmering down below." Most readers may not have big stone fountains in their yard, like the one the protagonist finds, but children who live in homes with a birdbath will learn they, too, are helping birds. Established parks, historical buildings, and an active multicultural community are depicted with gouache and colored pencil. This story has repetition, prepositions, and playful onomatopoeia, all of which make this a must-read for storytime; regardless of the weather.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
2014-12-06
In the decidedly urban setting that Little Bird calls his own, he wakes up with a song—he always starts his day with a song—and looks for a puddle for a bath after the unpleasantness of the nighttime rain. He finds the perfect puddle in a city park, but wait! A ball bounces in his puddle, but he eludes it. He goes back to his bath—and has a narrow escape again, when a little girl's flip-flops make him skitter away. (The bliss on her face as she splashes in the puddle is worth noting.) When a dog (with collar and leash, as is proper) finds the puddle also, Little Bird decides it is time to find another place for his bath. And he does, too, has a blissful splash and wiggle in it, then settles down to sleep with a song—he always ends his day with a song. The cheery gouache and colored-pencil illustrations effortlessly convey a city in summer, with a multiethnic population, small stores and large buildings, buses and taxis, parkland and kids. Without stretching a point too far, the interconnectedness of nature and city, the consequences of action and play, the sounds and sense of an urban environment make for a really nice story whose words and images repay repeated readings. Simple and understated—and all the more enjoyable for it. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385370141
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/10/2015
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
621,021
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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