A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead

A Home for Bird
Philip C. Stead
A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Pres, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59643-711-1
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool
4 Stars

A bird from a cuckoo clock was lost while on a moving truck. A friendly frog named Vernon is very kind and helpful trying to help Bird find the perfect home. (And seriously, I love that the frog is named Vernon. It is a name I haven’t seen in children’s literature all that often.)

Vernon forages to find things Bird might like. Vernon shows Bird places or things that Bird might like. Vernon really goes out of his way to help Bird. And it is great that even though Bird never speaks, Vernon knows what good traits Bird has. Vernon tells his friends that “Bird is shy but also a very good listener.” Another time Vernon commented that “Bird is brave.”

As far as the illustrations go, I do like them. They are not crisp lines or colors. Rather a blending of messy bits of colors with a few, thin lines to help the mind form pictures. I liked it. It reminds me of my childhood memories (all fuzzy and colorful) when I foraged for adventures in the sage brush behind my home.

One particular sentence described Vernon well. “Vernon was a determined friend.” And that is why I really liked this book. Because of a great frog named Vernon.

What Kids Can Learn from This Book:
That friendship often comes in the strangest of ways.
You will never know where your best friend will turn up.
Determination for a friend is a great quality to have.
Sometimes saying nothing at all says everything.
Don’t be afraid of a move or a bump in the road.

What to Do After Reading This Book:
Go for a walk, and see what treasures you can find.
Practice listening to your friends and what they have to say or not say.
Look for creatures in nature when out walking.
Write a story about an animal making friends with an object in your house.

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