★ "Pairing a lilting text and culturally resonant illustrations, this striking work soars." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★ "From two Indigenous creators, this gorgeous glimpse at the land Down Under will have broad appeal." —Horn Book, Starred Review
A joyful, universal story of a day in the life of Little Bird.
A heartening read-aloud about a day in the life of Little Bird, who sings the world alive, flies with Cloud, travels with Wind, nestles with Moon, and dreams of flying among the stars.
Sally Morgan’s poetic language and Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr’s sensitive artwork combine to make this a beautiful, distinctive publication with global appeal. Printed on FSC-certified paper with vegetable inks.
STARRED REVIEW: Little Bird responds to cues from Sun, Dusk, Moon, and others as natural elements guide a day of activities. Aboriginal author Morgan, a member of the Palyku people in Western Australia, presents a beautifully cadenced call-and-response narrative voiced by Little Bird and the natural forces that propel its behavior. "Here comes Rain, / falling and splashing. / Time to bathe, Little Bird, / time to sparkle with freshness. // I flutter with Rain to wash my fuzzy feathers." Little Bird, rising with Sun, sings "to wake the lazy sleepers." It soars with Wind to reach and feed on a tree's "crimson blossoms." Dusk, "gliding and sighing," induces Little Bird "to join a nightfall roost." And full Moon, "glowing and whispering," signals that it's "Time to rest, Little Bird, / time to settle with your family." Illustrator Malibirr, a Yolŋu artist from the Aboriginal Ganalbingu clan, uses traditional earth tones, crosshatching, and elements from clan songlines and stories to distinguish his engrossing illustrations, worked in acrylic paint on toned paper. He depicts animals from his native Arnhem Land region, from water buffalo and dingo to echidna and freshwater prawn; an illustrated key challenges readers to find all 10. As Little Bird roosts with its family, it dreams of "flying among the stars." The dark sky, spattered with thousands of starlit specks, reveals Little Bird's shadowy silhouette in its dreamed flight. Pairing a lilting text and culturally resonant illustrations, this striking work soars. (editorial note) (Picture book. 3-7) COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.- Kirkus Starred Review
Average rating from 5 members
This simple story highlights the progressive journey of a bird as the day unfolds into dusk. It interacts with the sun, wind, rain etc. and their spirits intertwine as they engage with each other.
The illustrator has done a magnificent job with his Australian aboriginal background to portray beautiful images of plants and animals throughout. The earthy colour pallet that he has chosen is lovely and his illustrations marry perfectly with the sparse poetic text. The book celebrates the different timings of the day, weather occurrences, and best of all... the happiness to be alive and enjoy the wonders of the environment and call it home. I love this artsy book and highly recommend it.
Little Bird's Day is a lovely adventure following a bird in the Australian outback throughout his day. The real draw is the artwork that pay homage to the aboriginal people of Australia. The colors are sharp and vibrant. Children will love pouring over the pages!
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