Synopses & Reviews
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.
Shimmering, color-saturated landscapes and a message about cherishing small things make this English-language debut by a Swiss team an unexpected treasure.” - Starred Review
, Publishers Weekly
Uplifting in more ways than one, this prizewinning import suggests that little things can change lives and perhaps even the world.” Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
"Childrens picture books the best of them, at least have this magical quality of speaking to young hearts with expressive simplicity, but also engaging grown-up minds with subtle reflections on the human condition. Such is the case of Little Bird (public library) by Swiss author-illustrator duo Germano Zullo and Albertine, published by the wonderful Enchanted Lion Books. Illustrated in Albertines signature style of soft, colorful minimalism, this little gem is like a beautiful silent film, only in vibrant hues and on paper." -- Brain Pickings
An impressive picture book that is modern, fresh and will have readers looking for tiny treasures in their lives too.” Waking Brain Cells
Im a big fan of Brooklyn-based publishing company Enchanted Lion [
] they always have excellent taste in artists and unique storytellers. Their latest release, a prizewinning Swiss import [Little Bird], is no exception.” Ben Partridge, Apartment Therapy
"It's high time we here in the U.S. started paying better attention to books published internationally.
Take for instance, Little Bird, winner of the 2011 Prix Sorcières for illustration (the French Caldecott).
Yes, the book is visually stunning. It's clear why it won an award for illustrations. But it's a great story, too. About the small things in life. About keeping your eyes open for the little ways that make every day different, unique, and a day to be treasured." -- A Year of Reading
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.