By CM Magazine

Bird is a sensitive and realistic story written in a free-form poetic style. The text is wonderfully spare, yet evocative of the range of emotions with which its young narrator deals. It is rare for an author to address problems of drugs and family life as Zetta Elliott does in her first picture book. . . . Shadra Strickland’s mixed media illustrations depicting not only the characters and setting of the story, but also the young protagonist’s drawings, are outstanding. . . . It is the first children’s book for both writer and illustrator. All those who share books with young readers will hope that it is the first of many. Highly recommended.