Publication Date: September 14, 2021
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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Celebrated Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt introduces Little Bird, a tiny crow with a big imagination and an even bigger heart. Publishers Weekly called Little Bird “a sweet and uplifting read.” This timeless read-alone and read-aloud is just right for the young middle grade audience, and for fans of A Nest for Celeste, by Henry Cole, and Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate. Little Bird features black-and-white illustrations by Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins throughout.
When a wild fisher cat attacks their nest, Little Bird and her flock are devastated. Not only does the fisher cat harm the fledglings, but it also makes off with the shiny pendant that the superstitious crows rely on for good luck.Little Bird believes that she can find the lucky pendant and return it to the nest before disaster strikes. The other crows aren’t so sure—after all, Little Bird is so little and undependable and meek. But with the help of some new friends—including a very intelligent and funny goat—Little Bird journeys through forests and over lakes and fields, challenging her wits and survival skills along the way. The crow who returns home is wiser, braver, kinder, and ready—at last—to spread her wings.Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt’s gentle humor, sense of fun and adventure, and open-minded main character sing off the page in this timely and thematically rewarding short novel which is illustrated by Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins. A page-turning read-aloud for families and classrooms, and a terrific book for fans of Nuts to You, by Lynne Rae Perkins, and Avi’s Poppy books.
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