By Lori Calabrese Writes!

Many children have faced the problems in Bird, and this is a great way to help them understand and hopefully get them to open up about their feelings. It’s a great book to facilitate discussions on life, loss, and love. What I really like about this book is that it’s real. There are no dragons, princesses, or dinosaurs. What it does is tell a real story in a unique voice of a boy who likes to draw. The illustrations really struck me. No doubt it struck others, too, as it was awarded the Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustration from ALA. Strickland has a unique touch portraying how Bird escapes into his art. With a delicate touch in watercolor, goauche, charcoal, and pen, Strickland’s illustrations reveal Bird’s resilience and generate the mood of the text with Bird’s reality, dreams, and drawings. — <a href=”” target=”_blank>Lori Calabrese Writes</a>