School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Colorful watercolor paintings illustrate this multicultural story. When a sparrow flies into a subway car, a young Oriental girl tries to rescue it. She enlists the aid of a teenage boy, a Spanish-speaking man, and a Polish-speaking woman. The illustrations are filled with wonderful details, such as the advertisements lining the car and newspapers on the seats, which add to the authenticity of the scene and provide a fascinating background. The brief text, which includes phrases in Spanish and Polish, advances the plot while allowing the double-spread illustrations to convey the action. What makes this a special book, and not simply another New York story, is the theme of cooperation as people of differing ages, genders, and cultures work together to set the bird free. The expressive pictures and the caring tone transcend any particular place or time.-Mary Rinato Berman, New York Public Library
There is a sparrow in the New York City subway. Four passengers, whose differences in age, culture, and language may appear insurmountable, find a way to catch it before the train gets into the next station and fills with people. Torres develops her story smoothly, weaving text and images into a simple, warm, and appealing plot. The text is enriched and extended through the use of original angles and perspectives in the full-color illustrations that effectively contrast the stark reality of urban public transportation with the human concern for a vulnerable sparrow. A good choice to read aloud to young ones, though older children may prefer to enjoy the detailed illustrations in the intimacy of a private reading. The interjection of foreign phrases does not break the continuity of the plot, which is carefully maintained through the illustrations; the text of the Spanish language edition is clear, reading with the ease of a native speaker's language.
From the Publisher
“Colorful watercolor paintings illustrate this multicultural story. When a sparrow flies into a subway car, a young Oriental girl tries to rescue it. She enlists the aid of a teenage boy, a Spanish-speaking woman, and a Polish-speaking man. The illustrations are filled with wonderful details. . .The brief text, which includes phrases in Spanish and Polish, advances the plot while allowing the illustrations to convey the action. . .A special book.” School Library Journal
“A charming multicultural vignette, ingeniously constructed, nicely paced, and altogether disarming.” Kirkus Reviews