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I Am a Bird

"I am a bird. Ca-Caw! Ca-Caw!" Every day, a little girl rides to school on the back of her father's bike. As they twist and turn through the streets, the little girl spreads her arms like wings and sings her birdsong for all to hear. But when they pass a strange woman in blue who carries a mysterious bag, the girl goes quiet until the woman is out of sight. Her stern face makes the girl feel uneasy; surely she has reason to feel afraid.

One day, when they’re running late, the little girl discovers what the woman does with her bag each morning — a surprise that transforms her wariness into a recognition of what they have in common. Hope Lim’s simple text and Hyewon Yum’s delicate, expressive illustrations create a touching story that encourages readers to embrace our similarities rather than focus on our differences.

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One day they are running late, and the child does not see the woman until catching a glance of her in a park. She is surrounded by birds, whispering her own bird song, and the child has an epiphany. In the final double-page spread, the child and woman reflect each other with raised heads and closed eyes as they find they are the same: 'We are birds.' The soft, textured illustrations expertly pair with the understated text and its beautifully simple, implicit message to look closer before jumping to conclusions. A gentle story about connection that will connect with readers of all ages." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Hope Lim
Illustrator Hyewon Yum
ISBN 1536208914
Publication Date Feb 2, 2021
Publisher Candlewick
Language English