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Little Bird

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  514 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
A man drives his truck up to a cliff's edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Surprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Enchanted Lion Books (first published 2010)
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Tricia Douglas
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book written for children, but adults will definitely love it too. The story and illustrations are simple, but the premise behind the book is very deep. "Most of the time we don't notice the small things. But they are there to be discovered and over time become treasures." We don't need a lot of these simple things. One is just enough to change the world. I really loved this book and appreciate the theme and the deep thinking it left me with.
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-teen-reads
Life is magical. At times we are lucky enough to realize it.
This book is a ribbon to tie around our finger ... to remember to watch for the magic.
Danielle Mootz
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
My first grader read this to me. Loved it and impressed by her too!
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Little Bird by Germano Zull was first published in 2010, Switzerland and is the winner of the 2011 Prix Sorcieres for illustration (The French Caldecott). This is a relatively thick picture book at 64-pages long and with only about 106 words. It would do no justice to the book for me to tell you that this is a book about a man who releases birds into the sky only to find one small bird left in his truck. The two share a moment with each other until finally the bird flies off. As simple as the st ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Hmmm. The illustrations are really fun, and I liked the character of the truck driver, totally taking everything in stride (why wouldn't you try to teach a bird to fly by example? Why wouldn't a bird eat a sandwich with his wings? Why wouldn't you be held up in flight by just one small avian friend?). However, the capital-I Inspirational text sometimes seemed like a voiceover from the wrong movie. Three stars without the words; 2 stars with the words.

NYT Best Illustrated 2012
Paul  Hankins
Germano Zullo's quiet little 2012 release in America actually won the equivalent of the Caldecott in France in 2011.

And this one. . .well. . .it's really making me think about the first day of school. LITTLE BIRD may--JUST MAY--bump Sylvia Fair's THE BEDSPREAD to the second class meeting instead of the first day where we have shared it for the past eight years.

This one is all about taking the time to see. . .and to notice. . .
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Scott Robins
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I normally have a hard time buying into these kinds of profound, high-message type books, but this was just lovely.
I want to hug this book. The illustrations remind me a bit of Thiebaud's yummy art and the message that it's the little things in life that make the difference is lovely. Gorgeous in its simplicity.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living

--From e.e. cummings, poem 53
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Because little things are not made to be noticed. They are there to be discovered."
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, 2012
Simple and charming.
Tanya W
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book with a wonderful message possibly missed by children... but they can be pretty astute. My 10 year old son seemed to recognize what a treasure this little book is before I did. : )
Ms. Jeane
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A little absurd in nature, but a heart felt, sweet story. Love it!
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
Wordless picture books usually aren’t my thing, so when I read that Little Bird was nearly wordless, I was skeptical that I would enjoy it. I figured it would be worth the read considering how many people are just in love with it. When I got the book, my first impression was of the small size of the book and the unassuming front cover featuring a big red delivery truck with an overall-ed man standing on the hood of the truck, looking up. The colors, font, and style of illustrations carry on ins ...more
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
I love whimsical, silly books. So LITTLE BIRD is perfect for me. It's the story of a man and some birds and it touches base with reality only at the beginning, which is fine with me and most small fry.

The artwork is great for little children. It's bold and colorful, with big slabs of blue sky, yellow ground, and red truck.

As for text, there isn't much. And in fact you could use this book as if it was WORDLESS.

**We talk about the story**

The story is deceptively simple. A man drives to a cliff at
Jazmin Lomeli
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The bright colors in book is what made me want to read it! Little Bird has very few words,maybe only half of the pages in the book either have 1-2 words or a short sentence. The driver of the truck reaches a cliff while driving and when he opens the truck a flock of birds fly out of it, a little black bird stays behind and has lunch with the truck driver and you can see the connection between them both unfold throughout the story. The little black bird leaves but comes back for him along with th ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Winner of the 2011 Prix Sorcieres for illustration, the French Caldecott medal, this book is an impressive example of the magic of illustration and only a few select words. A man drives his red truck up to the edge of a cliff and opens the back, releasing several amazing birds. When he glances into the truck, he sees one bird left behind. The man tries to tell the bird where to head and that it should fly, but the bird just looks at him. The two sit together and the man shares his sandwich with ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an almost wordless book where the image carries the story and the interpretation of the text. The illustrations are made in mixed media and consist of mainly of full colour and unadorned backgrounds. This lends the book quiet, whimsical look that complements the original story. A white all around frame is used in all spreads with the text appearing in black at the bottom in the right half of the spread. A man drives his truck up to a cliff’s edge and there he opens the back door of his t ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply lovely story of a man who releases birds, and his relationship with one special black bird.


This wonderful little book was just what I needed to read today.

There are no greater treasures than the little things.
Cierra Edwards
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-alouds, top-20
In this book, a man lets a group of birds out of the back of a truck he is driving. He thinks all the birds are all out but looks inside and sees one really small bird who is left. The bird is encouraged by the man to leave the truck and fly with the rest of the bird. The bird then goes and flies with the rest of the pack. Even though the story sounds super lame, the text within this book are incredibly inspirational. They talk about how it could just be an ordinary day but if you pay attention ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which my son pulled off the library shelf on a whim. The illustrations are slightly strange, but not so strange that they veer into freaky/unappealing territory. They are compelling, and my four-year-old likes to page through this book on his own, admiring the pictures. Actually, he enjoys that more than reading the actual story, probably because it's not a story so much as an inspirational poem. I think my son would prefer a story that described the pictures lite ...more
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
"A man drives his truck up to a cliff's edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Surprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. The man's comic attempt at flight deepens the encounter between these two very different creatures. Soon the bird flies of ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This just arrived in our library and I have fallen in love with it. Winner of the 2011 Prix Sorcieres (according to the jacket, the equivalent of the French Caldecott), the author is a poet, and this book is a testament to that. With such a few words, it says so much. I have no idea why a man in a truck would be releasing a flock of birds from its back doors, nor why one little bird should linger. The logic of it simply doesn't matter. The spare text is so beautiful, and, working with children a ...more
Stephanie Linton
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: grades 2-12
This was a beautiful book with limited amount of text, but makes use of shapes and colors to convey a message to the reader. I think it also has a nice theme--that it is the little things that matter most in life. The text is not complex, but I think the theme is. The illustrations are what I enjoyed the most about this book. The drawings are simplistic, with clean lines and free of clutter. The simple lines resonate well with the theme of the story. The colors used are vivid and intense--strong ...more
Marika Graham
I am absolutely in love with the book "Little Bird" written by Germano Zullo. It talks about how we should appreciate the little things that happen in a day. It gives advice in a simple beautiful way and the illustrations really play a role in that.

I believe Albertine did the illustrations, I could not find the medium they were created in. The illustrations were colorful and heartwarming. They helped your imagination soar.

I would read this to a classroom. It is hands down one of the kindest boo
The random browsing of library shelves (and opening the books) can uncover 'sleepers'. This is a gem. Partly wordless, the text is sparse but entirely poignant.
(I'm probably sharing too much....)
" day is just like another. But some have a little more....Most of the time we don't notice thse things. Because little things are not made to be noticed. They are there to be discovered.....The small things are treasures. True treasures."

Do you believe? "Just one is enough to change the world."
Callie Arosen
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first aspect of this book that I enjoyed was the simple and childlike drawings. The illustrations worked well with the gentle story of the bird and truck driver. The story was gentle because of the relationship that was built between the two unique individuals. The unlikely relationship was created unexpectedly, but turned into a selfless friendship. From this story, children can learn about the value of friendship. They can learn how to help someone when they are in need, and give of yourse ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ages 3 and up

A man releases birds back into the wild, but one little bird refused to go. The man shows the little bird what to do and finally the bird decides to leave. After the bird leaves it catches up with the rest of the birds and decides to take all of the birds back and take the man on a flight with them.

This would be a fun story for a bird themed story time. A lot of the book is wordless so the children could make up what is going on in the story.
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