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ISBN-13: 9781600602412
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

ZETTA ELLIOTT is a visiting professor in the African American and African Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College as well as an accomplished poet, playwright, and author. As a young girl, she loved to escape into a good book and began writing as a way to create "a world that was better than my own." Elliott lives in Brooklyn, New York. Bird, the recipient of Lee & Low's New Voices Award Honor, is her first picture book.

SHADRA STRICKLAND grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned her MFA at New York's School of Visual Arts "Illustration as Visual Essay" program. She currently freelances as an illustrator and a graphic designer. Like Bird, she uses drawing as a way of interpreting her world. Strickland lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first picture book.

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Bird 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
dknapp on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is about a young African American boy nicknamed Bird. He likes drawing pictures of things he sees. This book tells about his life, of his brother's drug addiction and eventual death, of the death of his grandfather and how he deals with them.This book seemed a little strange. I know children today have to deal with stuff like this at an earlier age but I do not think I would use this in my classroom or want my child to read it until she was higher elementary at the earliest. It tells about his brother going to the roof of their apartment and coming down calmer, with red eyes, and they go to the store for chips. It talks about him going through withdraws and Bird walking in and seeing him. I didn't much care for this book.This might help some children who have a hard life deal with death and drugs but it might also introduce the evils of this world to some innocent children so I do not believe I would choose to use this in the classroom. If I were to I would be sure to check it over with the parents first.
booksandwine on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Title: BirdAuthor: Zetta ElliottPublisher: Lee & Low BooksSynopsis: The character, Bird, is the title character. He deals with his life troubles by expressing his emotions through art. Bird faces grief as well as having a drug dealing older brother. Ultimately, he flies above his problems.My thoughts:The art was gorgeous. I enjoyed seeing a picture book featuring resilient children of color. However, I someone question the appropriateness of giving this book to a child due to the allusion's to the drug dealer problem. Yet, I understand children do not live life isolated from real problems. Therefore, ultimately, I would hand this book to a child.
nbmars on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Mehkai was nicknamed Bird by his granddad, who passed away the year before. Mehkai got the name because he used to lay in his crib with his mouth wide-open like a baby bird, waiting to be fed. Now his granddad¿s best friend, Sonny, has taken over as Bird¿s mentor: I like talking to Uncle Son `cause he treats me like I¿m grown, not like I¿m some little kid who can¿t understand anything.¿When Bird tells Sonny he wishes he could play the saxophone like Charlie Parker, Sonny told him he had to find his own special talent. And Bird can draw. His brother Marcus taught him.Marcus used to look out for him, but then he got caught up in the street life. But he still loved his brother enough to forbid him from hanging out with him and his friends, "`It¿s not too late for you,¿ Marcus would tell me. `Stay in school and make Mama proud.¿The last time Mehkai saw Marcus, Marcus was very sick, and mumbled something about needing a fix. But Bird didn¿t know how to fix Marcus. No one did.Bird needs help understanding what happened to Marcus, and Uncle Son explains it to him in words that are clear, and simple, and beautiful, but honest.Evaluation: This is one of the loveliest most affecting books for children I¿ve seen in a long time. It is a fantastic book to help children deal with the loss of a loved one. It has garnered a long list of awards, including the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, and ALA Notable Children¿s Book. The illustrator, Shadra Strickland, won the 2009 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustrations. Lee & Low recommends this book for children aged 8 and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! interesting and well handled subject matter!