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Little Birdby Germano Zullo
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A man drives his truck up to a cliff's edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Surprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. The man's comic attempt at flight deepens the encounter between these two very different creatures. Soon the bird flies off and the man drives away, but in a surprise twist the bird and his friends return, and in a starkly lyrical moment we see them all experience something entirely new.
Germano Zullo is a prolific writer and poet who lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He writes for adults and children alike, and has written many popular children's comics and stories.
Albertine has illustrated loads of children's books and also illustrates for many of the daily French newspapers in Switzerland. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Geneva.
"Shimmering, color-saturated landscapes and a message about cherishing small things make this English-language debut by a Swiss team an unexpected treasure. It's about a man whose job, apparently, is to release a truckful of large, colorful birds into the endless expanse of a golden desert — perhaps they've been rehabilitated, or confiscated at the border of some unnamed country. He sets his flock free, but discovers a small black bird in the back of his truck who won't leave. They share his lunchtime sandwich, after which he reminds the bird gently (and comically) how to fly. The bird leaves, but returns with an offer so enchanting that the man can't refuse, and readers may long to join him. Zullo's text lets the artwork do the storytelling, instead presenting a parallel series of spare philosophical reflections: 'There are no greater treasures than the little things,' it concludes. 'Just one is enough to change the world.' To enter into the spirit of the story, it's best to sit down and pay close attention to it — just as the bird-delivery man does with the small black bird. Ages 5 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Winner of the 2011 Prix Sorcieres, Little Bird is a quietly explosive meditation on generosity and freedom.
About the Author
Germano Zullo: Germano Zullo is a prolific writer and poet, who lives in Geneva. He writes for adults and children alike, and has written many popular children's comics and stories.
Albertine: Albertine has illustrated loads of children's books and also illustrates for many of the daily French newspapers in Switzerland. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Geneva.
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