Synopses & Reviews
When Baby Bird says good-bye to his mama at school each morning, he feels sad. Mama Bird feels sad, too. Sometimes it's hard to be apart. But as Mama Bird says, the love they share is with them always, keeping them close until the best part of the day--when they are together again. and#8226;From the illustrator of the bestselling Time for Bed,
with more than 725,000 copies sold and#8226;A heartwarming story about the universal experience of parents and children being temporarily separated
"As comforting as morning sun, this sweet, tenderly illustrated rhyming poem will reassure both preschoolers and their working parents that separation is only temporary. When a baby bird's mother hugs him before dropping him off at school, she reminds him that 'even when I'm far away,/ this love I have will stay/ and wrap itself around you/ every minute of the day.' Though Appelt's (Someone's Come to Our House) text has the occasional ring of a greeting card, her rhythmic, four-line stanzas are filled with simple images that preschoolers will understand: the mother bird says her love 'nestles in your pocket/ and makes itself so small/ that when you're busy playing,/ you won't notice it at all.' In the satisfying ending, the mother bird says that of all her activities, 'the sweetest thing I do/ is sweep you up and hold you tight/ and come back home to you.' As in her When Mama Comes Home Tonight, Dyer's radiant watercolors, this time of anthropomorphized animals, combine old-fashioned trappings with modern manners. The mother bird wears granny shoes and a straw hat decorated with cherries, but she also carries a briefcase and drinks coffee at a business lunch. Each picture, whether a full-bleed double-spread or a vignette, is filled with bright colors and patterns that are quaintly comforting. Given its timely theme and classic delivery, this could be a popular favorite. Ages 2-5." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Charming."--The New York Times Book Review
"As comforting as morning sun, this sweet, tenderly illustrated rhyming poem will reassure both preschoolers and their working parents that separation is only temporary."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Baby Bird is so adorable, you and your child will wish you could stroke his feathers. This book is lyrical, comforting, and endearing!"--Scholastic Parent and Child
"A profession of love . . . Irresistible."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Baby bird has a hard time saying good-bye to his mama at school each morning, but Mama's love stays with him all day long.
About the Author
is the author of many acclaimed picture books, including Piggies in a Polka
, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. She lives in College Station, Texas.
JANE DYER is the illustrator of many picture books, including the much-loved Time for Bed. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.