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Singing, "Love me! Love me!", the Love-Me Bird searches high and low for a true love. This sweet narrative by Joyce Dunbar is perfectly complemented by Sophie Fatus' elegant yet gentle illustrations.

THE LOVE-ME BIRD is the sweet story of a small bird who will go to any lengths to find a love. At her friend, Shut-Eye, the owl's coaxing, she primps and preens and plays hard to get, to no avail. Her song is not answered. But after Shut-Eye ...

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Overview

Singing, "Love me! Love me!", the Love-Me Bird searches high and low for a true love. This sweet narrative by Joyce Dunbar is perfectly complemented by Sophie Fatus' elegant yet gentle illustrations.

THE LOVE-ME BIRD is the sweet story of a small bird who will go to any lengths to find a love. At her friend, Shut-Eye, the owl's coaxing, she primps and preens and plays hard to get, to no avail. Her song is not answered. But after Shut-Eye advises her to change her tune, the Love-Me bird finally finds her true love.

A Love-Me bird asks her friend, Shut-Eye the owl, for advice on how to attract another bird.

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As Dunbar's (Tell Me Something Happy) brief story starts, the feathered title character-clad in a pink frock-stands atop a tree, calling out, "Love me! Love me! Love me!" Though her plea brings no answer, she wakes up Shut-Eye the owl, who suggests alternative means of soliciting a suitor. When he advises her to try "Romance. Glamour. Finery and frills," the hopeful critter "plucked and primped and preened until her wings were shaped like hearts." All for naught, alas, as the continued crooning of her refrain still attracts no mate. Nor is she successful when she follows the owl's directives to act helpless, play hard to get or build a nest. The bewildered bird doesn't pick up on Shut-Eye's clue when, responding to her comment that the new nest will be a "love-me nest," he corrects her, calling it a "love-each-other nest." Finally, the wise owl recommends she change her tune to "Love you-ooo!" and another Love-Me bird swoops out of the sky to land at her side. Fatus's (The Story Tree) stylized, cheerfully hued pictures reveal the lovelorn heroine in some amusing poses. Kids may well absorb this worthwhile message about the pitfalls of self-absorption and the rewards of focusing on the needs of others. All ages. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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The Love-Me bird is lonely. She calls out, "Love me! Love me! Love me!" almost constantly, much to the consternation of her owlish friend, Shut-Eye. He counsels her on how to find someone to love her, and she tries each suggestion. She gussies herself up; acts helpless; plays it "cool" by flying far away; and even spruces up her nest, all to no avail. It is not until Shut-Eye suggests she sing a different, a less self-centered tune, that the Love-Me bird meets with success. Just like that, her new song attracts an interested suitor. The illustrations are the best part of the book: simple, happy, and brightly colored. They are humorous, too: Shut-Eye constantly has a newspaper under wing, and it's probably no accident that the Love-Me bird's red wings and tail are shaped like hearts. 2003, Orchard Books/Scholastic Inc, Ages 3 to 8.
— Robbin Gould
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A pink bird in a pink, polka-dot dress is helped in her attempt to find a mate by Shut-Eye, an owl who is trying to get some sleep. He suggests she try romance and glamour, so she dons "finery and frills" and shapes her wings into hearts, but to no avail. Then he suggests that she "act helpless." She goes on warbling, "Love me, love me. Please love me," until her mentor advises her to "Play hard to get." Again, nothing. Finally, he suggests she change her tune to "Love you-ooo! Love you-ooo!" Immediately, another bird responds, and at last the owl gets some shut-eye. Gaily colored, flowery folk-art illustrations are in keeping with the tone of the story. Although the message has adult overtones, the simple truth about loving holds meaning for all ages. However, the coy allusions to feminine wiles and the book's saccharine sweetness will not be to everyone's taste.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439474313
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

JOYCE DUNBAR has written more than fifty books for children, including The Very Small and This Is the Star. She lives in Norwich, England. DEBI GLIORI has illustrated many beloved picture books, including Joyce Dunbar's Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep and Tell Me What It's Like to Be Big, along with her own No Matter What and Penguin Post. She lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2004

    So sweet!

    My four year old daughter loves this book and she asks me to read it to her almost every night. The message in the book, to get love you have to give love, is very good for kids. I LOVE the illustrations in this book....they are so original and charming. I like this book as much as my little girl does. :o)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2004

    Rave Reviews for 'Love Me Bird'

    This book is about a sweet pink Love Me Bird looking for her Love Me mate, and at her Owl friend's suggestion she primps, preens, and acts coyily to attract a mate, all to no avail... I leave the rest to you to read. I learned the moral of this story is not to be so self-centered and love yourself in a positive way first, and then you can love someone who loves you back. Review Rating 10. I have reread this book over 12 times and I find it refreshing and delightful! Bless the author and the illustrator

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