Bird Child

Bird Child

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Bullying and the ability to rise above it are at the heart of this strikingly beautiful picture book. All school-aged children have either bullied, been bullied, or witnessed bullying, and all too often, they feel powerless to stop what has been set in motion. Such is not the case with Eliza. Her mother has given her "wings to fly" and the ability to see all the possibilities that lie before her. So, when bullies pick on the new student, Lainey, gradually robbing her of her smile and ability to paint beautiful pictures, Eliza wants to help, and she does, by finding a way to show Lainey all that she can be. Then in the schoolyard, Eliza stands up to the bullies. One by one, the other children add their voices, and soon the bullies have skulked away. Lyrical and eloquent yet realistic and down to earth, Nan Forler's text is complemented beautifully with Francois Thisdale's haunting images.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780887768941
Branch Call Number: J PICTURE Forler N. 12/2009
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Thisdale, Fran├žois 1964-


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Mar 16, 2016

Good book for the younger children on bullying . Would be best to be read accompanied by an adult for best understanding . Well written book and nicely illustrated .

quagga Dec 18, 2009

Eliza is a very small child, all skin and bones, yet she finds the courage to stand up to bullies who torment Lainey, a new girl at her school. I really liked the author's approach to the issue of bullying, focussing on the shame of a bystander. Eliza talks to her mother about what to do and is given guidance, but it is Eliza herself who comes up with a solution. After challenging the bullies, Eliza asks Lainey, "Can I play with you?" The question demonstrates respect for Lainey - it would have been an entirely different balance of power if Eliza had invited Lainey to join her in play.

Francois Thisdale's beautiful mixed media illustrations add to the magical quality of this remarkable picture book. Highly recommended for K - Grade 3.


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