A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead

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While out foraging for interesting things, Vernon the toad finds a new friend - a small blue bird who is curiously silent. Vernon shows Bird the river and the forest and some of his other favorite things, but Bird says nothing. Vernon introduces Bird to his friends, Skunk and Porcupine, but Bird still says nothing. "Bird is shy," says Vernon, "but also a very good listener." Vernon worries that Bird is silent because he misses his home, so the two set off on a journey to help find a home for Bird. This is a tender tale of a thoughtful friend who is determined to help his quiet companion, by the author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal. A Home for Bird is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012
 

About Philip C. Stead

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Philip C. Stead is the author of the 2011 Caldecott Medal book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which was illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. His most recent picture book, Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, was the recipient of starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Philip lives with his wife in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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They check out a birdcage, birdhouse, mailbox, nest and telephone wires—to no avail, but “Vernon was a determined friend.” After the weary pair seeks refuge inside a familiar farmhouse clock, Vernon wakes to a cheery “Cuckoo!” and all is well.

Apr 18 2012 | Read Full Review of A Home for Bird

The New York Times

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Shelter — from storms or from busy routines — is the subject of three books.

May 11 2012 | Read Full Review of A Home for Bird

Publishers Weekly

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Stead (Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat) imagines what happens when Vernon, a sweetheart of a toad, takes an interest in a silent, unmoving blue bird with an oversize beak, button eyes, and striped peg legs.

Apr 23 2012 | Read Full Review of A Home for Bird

BookPage

Bird may not say much (or anything, really), but as Vernon says when he introduces his new friend to Skunk and Porcupine, “Bird is shy… but also a very good listener.” After Vernon and Bird spend more time together, Vernon begins to worry that Bird may be sad—after all, he still isn’t talking!

Jun 05 2012 | Read Full Review of A Home for Bird

Bookalicious

”Bird is shy,” says Vernon, “but also a very good listener.” Vernon worries that Bird is silent because he misses his home, so the two set off on a journey to help find a home for Bird.

Sep 04 2012 | Read Full Review of A Home for Bird

Bookalicious

“Bird is shy,” says Vernon, “but also a very good listener.” Vernon worries that Bird is silent because he misses his home, so the two set off on a journey to help find a home for Bird.

Nov 02 2012 | Read Full Review of A Home for Bird

The Horn Book

This little wooden blue bird with button eyes soon meets a toad named Vernon, who seems to know that the mute and inanimate Bird is lost and in search of a home, and who sets off to help Bird find that home.

Aug 22 2012 | Read Full Review of A Home for Bird

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