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Birdsong

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A tender, luminous portrait of art, nature, and connecting across generations.

When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of arts and crafts. Can the girl navigate the changing seasons and failing health of her new friend? Acclaimed author and artist Julie
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Greystone Kids
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Afoma Umesi
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Birdsong is a gem of a picture book. With minimalist, evocative illustrations of the Canadian countryside, this book is a joy read (or just look at). It highlights the warm friendship between a woman at the end of her life and a young girl. Birdsong is perfect for kids dealing with a move or struggling with the loss of a loved one. It’s also great to inspire anyone who’s ever been in a creative slump.

10/10, would recommend.

Read my full review on my blog.

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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A young girl moves to a new home, far from the sea, and is very sad until she meets her new neighbor, an elderly woman, who shares the girl's love for nature and art. The girl's friendship with the woman inspires the girl to do art again in her new home. This is a lovely story of caring for others and the power of friendship to inspire. The art and text are simple and quiet, and the story is told as much through the spaces as in the actual pictures and words. Beautiful.

I am delighted to welcome
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Abby Johnson
Ooh, this one tugs on my heartstrings. With moody, muted illustrations and straightforward text, this is the story of a girl moving to a new home and starting over where she doesn't know anyone. She begins to know her elderly neighbor Agnes who encourages her art and teaches her about gardening. As the seasons pass, Agnes grows weaker until she can't really leave her bed, so the girl takes her drawings and puts them up in her bedroom so Agnes can still see the birds. This is a moving tale about ...more
Angelina
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A real gem of a picture book! A gentle, quiet story about the importance of art, intergenerational friendship, nature and its beauty in all seasons, and ultimately belonging.
Darcy
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, tender, slow moving book. Cree representation casually and authentically weaved into the story.
Would be best in one-on-one reading or reading with elementary aged children.
Andrew
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Birdsong is a soft and sweet story of a young girl, Katherena, moving to a new place with her mother, and the friendship she grows with her elderly neighbor, Agnes. As seasons go by, Katherena and Agnes share stories and bond over birds, gardening, and art. Gorgeous illustrations, and even the sparsest of pages speak volumes in emotion.
Elizabeth
This story is a beautiful portrait of intergenerational friendship, community, art, nature, home, and grief. The illustrations are somehow, impossibly, more beautiful than the story. I'm a big fan of Julie Flett, but she has outdone herself here.

Highly recommended.
Kate
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful inside and out! Any book Julie Flett has her name on is going to be thoughtful, touching, and meaningful.

In Birdsong we meet Katharina a young girl who has a passion for art. She moves with her mother from a house by the ocean to a house in the country. Over the seasons she becomes close with their neighbor Agnes. She is an artist who is ailing, elderly, and reaching the end of her life. It focuses on their friendship, and their shared love of art and nature.

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Cheriee Weichel
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian, indigenous
This book is so wonderful. In the spring a young girl and her mother leave their home by the ocean and move to the country. Agnes, an elderly artist is their neighbour. Across the year the girl connects with Agnes.
This book made me shiver. As an aging old lady myself I’m coming more and more to understand the importance of cross generation friendships.
Erin
One of my new favorite books about death. A young Katherena has just moved to a new and unfamiliar place. One of the first people she meets, a neighbor, is Agnes. Agnes is an elderly woman who shares her love of flowers and who listens while Katherena shares her own Cree stories and history. Agnes dies during a long winter, and Katherena remains her companion until the end.

Just lovely, with gentle illustrations to match the vibe of the story.
Ames Public Library Youth Services
A beautifully quiet book about a young girl, art, and her neighbor. The story follows a young girl as she moves to a new town and meets a new neighbor, who is old and in failing health.

Flett's illustrations are absolutely beautiful! A truly gorgeous book!

-dmz
Pam
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cree-Metis author, Julie Flett tells the story of a young girl who has to move to a new place. She misses her home and her friends but makes friends with the elder next door. She comes to love what she loves and will miss her as spring turns to summer.
Cheryl
Oct 31, 2019 marked it as x-new
Squee!
Inge
A solid, thoughtful book about moving, making friends, and illness.
Rob McGrory
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very sweet
kelly
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So wonderful...
Nora
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julie Flett’s illustrations are as enchanting as ever, guiding us through this sweet tale of intergenerational friendship.
Kirsti Call
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cybils
Beautiful illustrations and sweet story.
Elizabeth
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and sweet story of inter-generational friendship. A truly wonderful book.
Annese
Beautiful!
Andréa
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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Julie Flett is a Cree-Metis author, illustrator, and artist. She has received many awards including the 2017 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature for her work on When We Were Alone by David Robertson (High Water Press), the 2016 American Indian Library Association Award for Best Picture Book for Little You by Richard Van Camp (Orca Books), and she is the three-time recipient of the ...more
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