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Overview

My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo, Suzane Del Rizzo

Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons—will they escape too? When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the tent city. But though the children start to play and go to school again, Sami can't join in. When he is given paper and paint, all he can do is smear his painting with black. He can't forget his birds and what his family has left behind.

One day a canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into the camp. They flutter around Sami and settle on his outstretched arms. For Sami it is one step in a long healing process at last.

A gentle yet moving story of refugees of the Syrian civil war, My Beautiful Birds illuminates the ongoing crisis as it affects its children. It shows the reality of the refugee camps, where people attempt to pick up their lives and carry on. And it reveals the hope of generations of people as they struggle to redefine home.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772780109
Publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
Publication date: 03/08/2017
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 150,055
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Del Rizzo began her career in picture books as the illustrator of the award-winning Skink on the Brink. With My Beautiful Birds, she launches herself as both author and illustrator for the first time. Suzanne’s dimensional illustrations use Plasticine, polymer clay, and other mixed media to bring rich texture and imagination to her books, the most recent of which was Sky Pig. She lives in Oakville, Ontario.

Suzanne Del Rizzo began her career in picture books as the illustrator of the award-winning Skink on the Brink. With My Beautiful Birds, she launches herself as both author and illustrator for the first time. Suzanne’s dimensional illustrations use Plasticine, polymer clay, and other mixed media to bring rich texture and imagination to her books, the most recent of which was Sky Pig. She lives in Oakville, Ontario.

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Deborah Ellis

My Beautiful Birds is a beautiful book. Stunning artwork adds colour and depth to the story of a small boy in a refugee camp who sees kindness all around him and passes the kindness on. Children will take away from the story the joy that kindness brings to the giver and the receiver, and will want to pass it on to all creatures, great and small.

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