The Bird House by Cynthia Rylant

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Through gentle prose and exquisite paintings, this modern-day fairy tale about an orphan girl and a mysterious house adored by birds delivers a touching message about loneliness and the wisdom and power of nature. Full color.

About Cynthia Rylant

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As a child in West Virginia, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant devoured comic books and paperback romances. She never dreamed of being a writer until she took one college English class. Then she became "hooked on great writing...I didn't know about this part of me until I went to college—didn't know that I loved beautiful stories." One night, inspired by the Southern writer, James Agee, she wrote her first picture book, When I Was Young in the Mountains, which was an instant success. Since then, she's written more than 60 children's books and received numerous awards, including the Newbery and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. With simplicity and grace, Rylant's books explore such subjects as aging, the trials of spirituality, the loss of a loved one, and the spirit and integrity of family life with all its joys and hardships. Rylant has said, "Books alter our hearts." Her books are a testament to this promise. Rylant lives in the Pacific Northwest. For more information about Cynthia Rylant, visit:
Published September 1, 1998 by Blue Sky Press. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Rylant and Moser (The Dreamer, 1993, etc.) have teamed up again with this fable about a homeless girl and a kind old woman who lives in a bright blue house surrounded by birds.

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the girl sees nuthatches, hummingbirds and a cooing dove ""that followed the old woman everywhere she went."" Returning in secret the next day, the girl is dismayed when her presence is sensed--not by the old woman but by the birds, which flock to the sky and fly in a pattern that says ""GIRL."" ...

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