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Purple Little Bird

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  258 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Purple Little Bird lives in a very purple world:

He has a purple little house and a purple little garden.

But somehow, it's just not quite perfect.

So Purple Little Bird sets off to find the perfect place for him—and discovers it in a most unexpected way.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Balzer + Bray
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Jul 10, 2014 Tc rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
This is a great little book that children really enjoy. This book goes over different animals, colors, and environments. This book is perfect for science lessons on habitats. It would be great to have children talk about their own homes/habitat/environment and then have them draw pictures of their own homes and write a few sentences describing their home and why it is a good "habitat".
Nov 16, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it
Who would have thought purple could be such an interesting and perfect color. Unfortunately, purple little bird becomes restless with it and sets off to explore the world to find something more perfect than his purple life. What he finds are many things along the way but they just do not seem right. This is a cute book about colors and even climates while finding that perfect fit. There are many animals in their habitats that little bird meets along the way. The sweet and adorable pictures are n ...more
Apr 18, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I started out liking it... and I could still see myself using it for a toddler storytime on colors... I just didn't like the ending. Purple Little Bird thinks that something is not quite right about his purple house, so he goes in search of the perfect home. Of course, he ends up back at his house... only he figures out what is not quite right: his house is TOO PURPLE! The last spread shows the bird and new friends painting the house different colors. Well, in MY opinion, there is no such thing ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing
This sweet book fit perfectly into the color storytime I just did at the library. Loved the illustrations clear and crisp.
Nanci Booher
Sep 18, 2014 Nanci Booher rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, kids
I enjoyed the illustrations a lot and I think that this would be fun at story time in doing some kind of color theme. I also think that kids at school will enjoy this story.
Karen Dransfield
Jun 21, 2015 Karen Dransfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I was looking for a purple story to share with my art class. This is one I read to check out. Everything is purple in the little bird's life and so he goes looking for other colours.
Feb 11, 2014 Janet rated it it was ok
While this story deals with colors, the flow of the text just wasn't what I liked.
Ariel Cummins
Dec 18, 2012 Ariel Cummins rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Purple little bird just can't get his house to feel right, no matter how hard he tries. He makes a Goldilocks-type trip, and meets many friends, but he can't find a place that is just right. His new friends help him realize that his old home was just right -- it just needed some more colors! Nothing super-amazing about the plot here, but it's pretty well done, and there are lots of colors!

Crayon-style artwork and bright colors make this book feel fun and fresh.

This story would work for a color-t
Katie Miller
Dec 31, 2014 Katie Miller rated it really liked it
Shelves: elodie
Elodie loves this!
Purple Little Bird has a close to perfect purple house . . . but something's not quite right. So he sets out to find the perfect place. He encounters various animals of various colors along the way, and while each has something special, none is quite suited for Purple Little Bird. Finally, the possums return him to his own house, and together change it into various colors so that it becomes perfect. A perfect preschool book (3 1/2 stars).
J.F. Sanborn
Jun 30, 2011 J.F. Sanborn rated it really liked it
Greg Foley's simple and sweet illustrations coupled with prose that is easy for children to relate to makes for a happy little world for Purple Little Bird. This quest for the perfect place will teach young readers about color, weather, and other sensory words. The story also speaks to the importance of friendship and diversity. Another excellent story from this award winning author!

Oct 07, 2013 Aleece rated it really liked it
This is a very cute book about a bird who goes out in the world to discover what his house is missing. I love all of the different places that Purple Little Bird travels to and all of the other animals and colors he sees. He eventually realizes what his house is missing... other colors. This was a good introduction to colors and is a short story that is great for young children.
Nov 15, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, colors
Believe it or not, it's hard to find a "good" storytime book about colors. It's shocking, because doesn't it seem that every book in the world for kids is about colors and numbers?

Yes, but that doesn't mean that they're good, or anything beyond "Apples are Red."

This one has nice repetition, nice colors, and resolves in a simple, satisfying way.
Jul 25, 2016 Ryan rated it liked it
Not bad. Would be great for storytime.
Alex Konieczny
Jul 08, 2011 Alex Konieczny rated it liked it
Great art, though nothing to inspire you. Good story with an essential message of going out in the world and incorporating the things you learn into your life to make it richer. Not a great ELL book, but the repetition in here is good for readers with a decent vocabulary but still in the picture book stage.
Jul 01, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
There's no place like home. And if that's not quite right either, a coat of paint can't hurt.
That pretty much sums up this little story about a very dissatisfied bird. The story was okay, the illustrations were adorable and the lesson in colors and climates will entertain toddlers. Otherwise, meh.
Feb 28, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: toddler-kindergarten
Purple Little Bird loves everything purple, but feels like something isn't right. He goes in search of a better place to live. Brown Bear's cave is too dark; Gray Goat's cliff is too windy. Finally after visiting several different places, Purple Little Bird knows just what will make his home perfect...
"Purple Little Bird lives in a very purple world:

He has a purple little house and a purple little garden.

But somehow, it's just not quite perfect.

So Purple Little Bird sets off to find the perfect place for him—and discovers it in a most unexpected way." - product description

Dec 20, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Little Bird loves purple, so everything in his house is purple. But no matter how hard he tries, his home doesn't quite feel perfect. He heads off on a quest to find the perfect home and makes some new friends and a surprising discovery about colors.

Thick black line and washes of watercolor.
Aug 20, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
I dislike purple, so I hesitated to check this out today. I didn't want to stare at 20 pages of purple! But! The sweet illustrations deserve a look, and my daughter loved the simple story with the color associations. It's one that she can "read" through by herself too.
Aug 28, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This was a very cute and colorful book about Purple Little Bird (aka Pierre) who thinks there is something missing from his house, so he travels all over to find that something special. My son liked the illustrations. Highly recommended for ages 1-5, 5 stars.
Sep 26, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it
I love this illustrator and how he can create such expression with so few strokes. My seven year old also really enjoyed the book and asked to read it again as soon as he had finished it. He wasn't convinced, however, that there was too much purple.
Jun 09, 2011 Shelli rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Purple little bird lives in a purple world. (Kind of like that song Blue only purple :) He realizes something is missing and searches many other landscapes and realizes that maybe colorful changes can be make to make his own little space even better.
Jun 18, 2011 Tricia rated it liked it
Purple Little Bird loves everything purple yet can't get his house to feel quite right. On his quest for the perfect place, he meets many animals in many places, none of which feel right either. When the friends lend a hand, he finds the perfect place!
Kristina Jean Lareau
Feb 13, 2016 Kristina Jean Lareau rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, animals
I love purple.

So this book is a tragedy...

But really, it is a fun exploration of colors and although the illustrations seem to be colored digitally, they are dynamically done so that the illustrations don't feel like an animated show.
Mrs. Nelson's
May 29, 2011 Mrs. Nelson's rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Greg Foley fan - his Bear books slay me with their cuteness. His new book, about a little bird who loves all things purple, is so adorable it should be illegal!
--Review by Lauren
Nov 26, 2011 Daniel rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I love the art, and the lesson of "the grass is always greener." It's got some of the Three Bears action with finding the right fit, too, which is often where one starts out.
Mrs. Lynch
Jul 15, 2012 Mrs. Lynch rated it really liked it
I thought the simple pictures were adorable and the story about colors was a good one. I liked the image of the multi-colored world on the last page.
Dec 21, 2011 Aspasia rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-aidan
I'm a purple lover myself, so I enjoyed reading this book about a purple lille bird that lives in a purple little house....
Jul 26, 2014 Tam rated it liked it
My 4-year-old liked this cute story about a bird who wasn't happy with his own house so he went out to find something better.
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Award-winning author-illustrator Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He now designs and creative-directs Visionaire, V Magazine, VMAN, VFiles and lives in Greenwich Village, New York.

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