Little Red Bird

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SOMETHING NEW AND UNEXPECTED – sweet and gentle– from the creator of Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy.

Sweetly enchanting paintings and a gently rhyming text tell the tale of the little red bird who is quite content in her cage, but curious… When the cage door is left open, she sees her chance and bravely hops out into the world. It’s all so magnificent and thrilling for the little red bird – and for readers. In the end, Nick Bruel leaves both with a question. When the bird sees a ...

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Overview

SOMETHING NEW AND UNEXPECTED – sweet and gentle– from the creator of Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy.

Sweetly enchanting paintings and a gently rhyming text tell the tale of the little red bird who is quite content in her cage, but curious… When the cage door is left open, she sees her chance and bravely hops out into the world. It’s all so magnificent and thrilling for the little red bird – and for readers. In the end, Nick Bruel leaves both with a question. When the bird sees a familiar house and window and golden cage, will she return to it? Would you?

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1 Life in a birdcage is good for Little Red Bird. Food, water, and reading material are always in ample supply. One day, she notices an interesting sight through the window and decides to venture out through the open cage door. She arrives in the park that had been beckoning to her and sees many wonderful new things–flowers, a fountain, a bench, and sticky trash. But when she spies her old home from afar, she begins to miss the comforts of her cage and must decide whether to return. Her story ends unresolved. “Should she stay?/Should she go?/She just didn’t know…/I wonder what YOU would do?” Bruel relates this “grass-is-always-greener” tale in rhythmic verse ... The colorful watercolors show an eye for comic-book-style story progression... Bruel’s narrative invites discussion and could be considered as an additional purchase.–Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews

Little Red Bird “had all she could need— / She had water and seed / And plenty to read,” but she longed, we are told, to be ever so bold: to spread her red wings and to see all the things outside of her place and the curtains of lace at the window of her dim abode. When she finds (to her glee) portals open—she’s free!—she is wracked with a moment of doubt. “Should she stay, should she go?” And do you, reader, know what you’d do if ’twas YOU wanting out? Freedom tastes pretty fine, and the park is divine, and she may even make a new friend. Trade the comforts of home for a new life, unknown? That’s the gamble of life without end. Pictures lavender-lit are a marvelous fit for this story that’s told all in rhyme. When you choose your own way, there’s a price you must pay—it’s a quandary as old as all time. (Picture book. 7-12)

Booklist

When Little Red Bird sees that the door to her golden cage is open, she is faced with a quandary: stay in her home, or explore the unknown? Once she has toured the bedroom, the open window beckons. But after a long day outside, discovering the joys of a nearby park, Little Red Bird finds that she misses some aspects of caged life and debates about whether to return. Bruel, author of Bad Kitty (2005), does a good job of spinning a rather sophisticated theme in a kid-friendly manner, inviting children to ponder the bird's dilemma with a repeated refrain: “I wonder what YOU would do?” Energetically mixing panels and full- page art, the illustrations point Little Red Bird (and readers) in a clear direction, showing human habitations as uninvitingly black, gray, and straight lined, while the park offers a riot of colors and shapes. The rhyming narrative, though sometimes forced, is appealingly bouncy and will draw children through the small hero’s exciting peregrinations until the final page, which hints at a satisfying conclusion while leaving room to wonder. — Krista Hutley

Children's Literature - Carol Raker Collins
This simple story about a bird who escapes from her cage raises important questions. The Little Red Bird has everything she needs in her golden abode: "water and seed" and "plenty to read," but the quarters are cramped so that she cannot fly. She looks out the window at a "curious place" far away with blue sky, green grass, and what she thinks may be trees. When she discovers the door to her cage is open, she ponders whether she dare go out. She does, at first only to hop around the room. Looking longingly at the far away place through the curtains. Then, she discovers the window is open. Overcoming her fears again, she flies out the window saying "The world is mine!" She feels proud as she flies to the sky, to the ground, over flowers, and into trees. All afternoon and into the evening, Little Red Bird explores until she feels hunger, thirst, and a longing to read. From the tree, she can see her cage off in the distance. Her final dilemma is: should she stay in the park or return to her safe cage? The illustrations are simple and bright. All is told in a straightforward rhyme scheme, but the stressed syllables are sometimes ragged making it difficult to read aloud. With coaching, a child can make a connection with the bird's issues of self-confidence and decision-making. The child should, however, be warned that an actual pet bird who escapes rarely survives outside the owner's home. Reviewer: Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- Life in a birdcage is good for Little Red Bird. Food, water, and reading material are always in ample supply. One day, she notices an interesting sight through the window and decides to venture out through the open cage door. She arrives in the park that had been beckoning to her and sees many wonderful new things-flowers, a fountain, a bench, and sticky trash. But when she spies her old home from afar, she begins to miss the comforts of her cage and must decide whether to return. Her story ends unresolved. "Should she stay?/Should she go?/She just didn't know.../I wonder what YOU would do?" Bruel relates this "grass-is-always-greener" tale in rhythmic verse that could use a little extra sparkle. The colorful watercolors show an eye for comic-book-style story progression, but the bird herself lacks the stroke of visual personality necessary to keep young audiences coming back. Despite the rough spots, Bruel's narrative invites discussion and could be considered as an additional purchase.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Little Red Bird "had all she could need- / She had water and seed / And plenty to read," but she longed, we are told, to be ever so bold: to spread her red wings and to see all the things outside of her place and the curtains of lace at the window of her dim abode. When she finds (to her glee) portals open-she's free!-she is wracked with a moment of doubt. "Should she stay, should she go?" And do you, reader, know what you'd do if 'twas YOU wanting out? Freedom tastes pretty fine, and the park is divine, and she may even make a new friend. Trade the comforts of home for a new life, unknown? That's the gamble of life without end. Pictures lavender-lit are a marvelous fit for this story that's told all in rhyme. When you choose your own way, there's a price you must pay-it's a quandary as old as all time. (Picture book. 7-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596433397
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 492,159
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.33 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller Boing! and the Bad Kitty books, among others. He is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.

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