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Bird Child

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Bullying and the ability to rise above it are at the heart of this strikingly beautiful picture book. All school-aged children have either bullied, been bullied, or witnessed bullying, and all too often, they feel powerless to stop what has been set in motion.

Such is not the case with Eliza. Her mother has given her “wings to fly” and the ability to see all the possibilit
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Tundra Books
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Luckily for one young girl, Eliza has been given ‘wings to fly’ by her mother, and learns that helping someone who’s being bullied is the right action. After seeing Lainey, a girl new in school teased and bullied, and standing back at first, Eliza realizes she can’t just watch anymore. The book will be terrific to discuss with younger students. When I’ve read about bullying, I learned that there are three groups to consider, the bully, the bullied, and the bystanders. All play a role in these t ...more
Bullying is presented in a very different story.
Carrie Gelson
Reread with my current class. So powerful.
Catherine Woodman
The basic message of this book is about how to help not feel helpless when you see someone getting bullied--how to speak out and make a difference, and sometimes when one person steps forward, others will also do so--and it can stop the silence, wich can stopt he problem. THe illustrations in the story are really unusual and really good--I really found them intriguing and kept my interest as a grown up reading the story. I would recommend highly for the 4-8 year old.
Really interesting artwork. This story is not sugar coated, it feels somewhat dark and the illustrations remind me of Dave McKean's work. As an adult reading this story, I am reminded of how I felt as a child. I'm not sure how a child would react to this story, but I felt very emotional reading it. I loved the saying "Look down and see what is. Now, look up and see what can be."
The Styling Librarian
Bird Child by Nan Forler, illustrated by Francois Thisdale – 2009 – This is a story that I’m going to think about for a while. I loved how originality and speaking up for others rose up above all other bits of the story… I also appreciated that there wasn’t resounding regret at the end of the story.
Lainey did not cry and she did not smile.
It was as though the others had taken what was inside her
and buried it along with her hat.
She collapsed onto her seat and picked up her pencil.
And from that girl came drawings of her sadness
that made Eliza feel shame.
Jamie Forrest
This Shining Willow Award Nominee is a beautifully written story of a young girl learning to do what is right. The descriptive language and dreamy multi-modal images combine to create a truly wonderful reading experience.
A surprisingly good picture book. Teaches many lessons in a simple, yet sweet manner. I almost teared up at one point while reading this to the kids I babysit.
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This book has wonderful illustrations! It has a great message for kids too. My kids really enjoyed this book and so did I.
Dustin Keller
I simply could not get passed the illustrations... Not my thing...
Wonderfully illustrated tale with an important moral for children.
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Born in Elmira, Ontario, Nan Forler has degrees in both music and education. She has taught junior kindergarten through to grade eight for over twenty years. For several years, she ran a cooking school for kids, where she shared her love of seasonal foods with children and their parents. Her first children’s book for Tundra, Bird Child, won many
accolades. Nan Forler lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
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