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"In a promising debut for both Elliott and Strickland, this picture book tells a poignant story about a boy whose loving family, friends and a gift for drawing help him navigate difficult emotions surrounding the deaths of his grandfather and drug-addicted brother. A complicated weaving of impressive watercolor, gouache, charcoal and ink drawings amplifies the metaphors and action of the poetic text as it combines black-and-white with color. Never straying from believable language in casting Mehkai, the child, as narrator, Elliott skillfully unfolds the sequence of events. Both art and text nimbly play with Mehkai's nickname, Bird, beginning with the image of a shivering bird that, like his brother, seems to be blown away by a gust of wind, and continuing with Uncle Son's attempt to explain the brother's death: ' 'You can fix a broken wing with a splint,/ and a bird can fly again,' he said./ 'But you can't fix a broken soul.' ' The simplicity of the narrative belies the complexity of the themes; it would be a shame if the picture book format discouraged the proper audience from examining the book. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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An African-American boy nicknamed Bird uses drawing as a creative outlet as he struggles to make sense of his grandfather's death and his brother's drug addiction. Illustrations.

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gerin123, December 29, 2013 (view all comments by gerin123)
Bird by Zetta Elliott is a beautifully written book. The main character is a young boy who faces a lot of obstacles in his life, but uses his love of drawing to help him survive the bleakness of his surroundings. I would recommend this book for both girls and boys, aged 8 to 12. Like the Langston Hughes poem, "Dreams," the main character's life is " like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly" but I would love for you to read Elliott's debut book to see how Mekhai manages to fix his problems. Beautifully drawn pictures by Shadra Strickland add to the charm.
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ISBN:
9781600602412
Author:
Elliott, Zetta
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books
Illustrator:
Strickland, Shadra
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
9.70x7.60x.43 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a promising debut for both Elliott and Strickland, this picture book tells a poignant story about a boy whose loving family, friends and a gift for drawing help him navigate difficult emotions surrounding the deaths of his grandfather and drug-addicted brother. A complicated weaving of impressive watercolor, gouache, charcoal and ink drawings amplifies the metaphors and action of the poetic text as it combines black-and-white with color. Never straying from believable language in casting Mehkai, the child, as narrator, Elliott skillfully unfolds the sequence of events. Both art and text nimbly play with Mehkai's nickname, Bird, beginning with the image of a shivering bird that, like his brother, seems to be blown away by a gust of wind, and continuing with Uncle Son's attempt to explain the brother's death: ' 'You can fix a broken wing with a splint,/ and a bird can fly again,' he said./ 'But you can't fix a broken soul.' ' The simplicity of the narrative belies the complexity of the themes; it would be a shame if the picture book format discouraged the proper audience from examining the book. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , An African-American boy nicknamed Bird uses drawing as a creative outlet as he struggles to make sense of his grandfather's death and his brother's drug addiction. Illustrations.
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