Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: The Blue Songbird

Title: The Blue Songbird
Author: Vern Kousky
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Pages: 40
Availability: On Shelves Now
Review Copy: Final copy provided by publisher

Summary: A little blue songbird longs to sing like her sisters. But whenever she tries, she cannot get the tune right. Her mother encourages her to leave home and find a song that only she can sing.

With courage and tenacity, she travels the world, seeking advice from a crane, an owl, and a mean-looking crow, and other birds, hoping they will lead her to her special song.

Told in gentle, lyrical prose and with bright, beautiful watercolor illustrations, The Blue Songbird is an empowering story for kids of all shapes, sizes, and singing ability.

Review: The blue songbird is on a quest to find her song. She is finding her own voice. More than just about music, the book is about telling our own story and showing how important and empowering it is to use our voice. I liked the message that the bird had a different story and sang it in a different way, but was still connected with those around her.

The illustrations are sweet and add to the quiet feeling of the book. I love the blues and yellows. I also appreciated the playfulness with the text. Sometimes it is straight, but at times the text is also in a variety of shapes.

Recommendation: If you want more stories to encourage young readers to share their own stories or songs, this would be a nice one to add to your collection.

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