By The Louisiana Advocate

In simple, direct language, Bird tells the tale of Marcus’ decline and death. . . . The story is a beautiful expression of both harsh reality and hope. Bad things happen to Bird yet he leans on his grandfather, Mom and Papa and his grandfather’s pal, Uncle Son, to gain the wisdom that will sustain him. Marcus can’t be saved, but Bird is a living, breathing promise of better things. The book is beautifully illustrated with Shadra Strickland’s muted pastels . . . it’s the faces of her characters that grab the viewer — Bird, Marcus, Grandfather, all the characters display their feelings in their expressions and gestures. They’re remarkable