Friday, March 12, 2021

Book Review - I Am a Bird; Hope Lim and The Best Place in the World, Petr Horacek

I Am a Bird, Hope Lim (Ill. Hyewon Yum) 
Candlewick Press - 2021
(ages 3-7) (32 pages)

I Am a Bird is a beautiful story about a little a girl who loves her bicycle rides with her dad. As she sits in the back seat of dad's big bike she likes to pretend she is a bird that can fly.  One day see she's an older woman who doesn't smile and carries a large bag, the girl gets quiet and is a bit afraid of the older woman with the big blue bag.  Then on another day when she sees the woman again something happens that changes the way that the little girl feels about the older woman.

A truly sweet story that encourages the reader to cherish the things we have in common with other people and not look for things that will divide us.  We need more stories like this one.  Easy sentences for beginning readers, pleasing colorful illustrations - just lovely. Perfect book for spring and a must for library collections as well.
























             Candlewick Press - 2021
                  (ages 3-7 - 32 pages)

I love all of these wonderful spring books coming out right now.  In The Best Place in the World  Hare is out in the meadow with his friends when he asks each of them if they think that their meadow is the most beautiful place in the world because, he just can't decide for himself.  Each of his critter friends takes a turn and describes why they think that their meadow is the "best."  Still not sure for himself, Hare goes on a little journey, he travels to rivers and deserts and other places of green but, he soon realizes that something is missing from all of these lovely places -- his friends.  Although there have been plenty of books written for children about friendship and family, I loved everything about this one and the gorgeous, glossy illustrations made me able to visualize the textured feel and look as I turned each page.  A Beautiful book.






















Thanks go to Candlewick Press for sending these books my way in exchange for my unbiased reviews.

10 comments:

  1. Those both look like really sweet books!

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  2. Oh these both look so sweet. The Best Place in the World especially appeals to me. For some reason when Will was little books with bears were always a hit and that one looks especially nice.

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  3. The illustrations in both books are so lovely.

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  4. Both of these look beautiful. I'm compiling a list for the 2021 Cybils, so this will be very helpful.

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  5. I've been reading more children's book this year than I normally do, and these sound like good ones to add to my library.

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  6. I love the message of I Am A Bird.

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  7. Love the bicycle girl/dad illustrations. Sweet.

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  8. Time for me to read some picture books!

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  9. These books sound really cute and ideal for the age group for which they are intended.

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