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Purple Little Bird
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Purple Little Bird

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by Greg Foley
 

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Purple Little Bird lives in a very purple world:

He has a purple little house and a purple little garden.

But somehow, it's just not quite perfect.

So Purple Little Bird sets off to find the perfect place for him—and discovers it in a most unexpected way.

Overview

Purple Little Bird lives in a very purple world:

He has a purple little house and a purple little garden.

But somehow, it's just not quite perfect.

So Purple Little Bird sets off to find the perfect place for him—and discovers it in a most unexpected way.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Foley's (Willoughby & the Moon) friendly cartoon illustrations and spare text deliver his grass-is-greener moral without ambiguity. The story starts out engagingly, as Purple Little Bird knocks himself out baking purple cookies, adjusting picture frames, and repairing the plumbing to make his purple little house "perfect." But the dissatisfied bird soon leaves, in search of a house that's even better, "a truly perfect place." He rejects Brown Bear's cave ("It's too dark!"), Gray Goat's steep cliff ("It's too windy!"), and Yellow Camel's desert ("It's too dusty"), circling the globe until he stumbles upon his own purple little house again. Now he sees it with fresh eyes: "It's much too purple!" he says, and sets about painting it with the colors he's seen during his journey. Purple Little Bird is oddly driven, a critical overachiever of the sort that more often provides the target for picture book humor rather than its hero. Nonetheless, Foley's big, loose black lines and off-register swaths of color provide warmth and a consistently cheerful energy—above all, this is a cry for moderation in all things. Ages 4–7. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Like the feathered hero in P.D. Eastman's classic Are You My Mother? (Random, 1960), Purple Little Bird sets out on a quest to find where he belongs. He lives in a little purple house. He loves the color, but something is "not quite right." He wants to find the perfect place to live. On his journey, he encounters a variety of colorful creatures, and the animals all tell Purple Little Bird what is appealing about their home, but none of them is quite right for him. Brown Bear's den is too dark; Gray Goat's cliff is too windy; Blue Frog's pond is too damp. At last, three Pink Possums lead the bird to the perfect place for him, his own little purple house. With the help of his new friends, he transforms his home by painting it the colors of a rainbow. The illustrations feature bold black lines and splashes of two or three colors in each picture. On the last page, all of the animals are shown in their individual habitats on the edge of a circle of green. The childlike simplicity of the art matches the story's wholesome message about appreciating the security and comforts of home. Shutta Crum's A Family for Old Mill Farm (Clarion, 2007) and Anika Denise's Bella and Stella Come Home (Philomel, 2010) treat the same theme in more detail.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
ALA Booklist
“The theme color (purple) and the look (childlike illustrations on a clean white background) each recall Crockett Johnson’s classic, Harold and the Purple Crayon. Ideal for young children. Purple Little Bird, with his bright color, oversize head, and anxious expression, is plenty appealing.”
Booklist
Praise for WILLOUGHBY & THE MOON: “With blacks so absolute they shine, and silvers so shimmering they practically act as mirrors, the book is a visual dazzler.”
Kirkus Reviews

A small purple bird—Pierre is the name on his purple mailbox—who "love[s] everything purple" circumnavigates the world in search of the missing ingredient in his nearly perfect purple house: a little variety in color, as it turns out.

The economical text packs in a surprising amount, offering an adventure for the anthropomorphic little bird, who encounters a bear, a mountain goat, a camel, a frog and three pink possums in his quest for understanding what makes a house (or a home) perfect. Bear, goat, camel and frog live in places that have their pluses ("It is cool and refreshing," the purple bird tells the frog in his pond) and minuses ("But...it's too damp!"). Foley uses a crayon palette to good effect, with warm hues and quick strokes that color outside the friendly cartoon lines and fill the page. Each of the other animals lives in its own natural habitat—forest greens and browns for the bear, snowy white and gray for the mountain goat, warm yellow and tan for the camel and a surprisingly red tree for the pink possums. The same colors appear in the next-to-last opening as Purple Bird and his possum friends paint his (formerly) purple house to perfection.

Satisfying for the very youngest. (Picture book. 18 mos.-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062008282
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
899,272
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Award-winning author-illustrator Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He now designs and creative-directs Visionaire, V Magazine, and VMAN and lives in Greenwich Village, New York. He is also the author-illustrator of Willoughby & the Lion and Willoughby & the Moon.

Award-winning author-illustrator Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He now designs and creative-directs Visionaire, V Magazine, and VMAN and lives in Greenwich Village, New York. He is also the author-illustrator of Willoughby & the Lion and Willoughby & the Moon.

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Purple Little Bird 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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