"Help!!! Save me!!! She is going to stop feeding me... I might just starve to death... Oh my!"
Thus goes the pigeon's lament as the main character in today's featured book starts out with an innocent, generous idea that quickly turns her neighbourhood into a poopy nightmare.
"Stop Feedin' Da Boids!"
Authored by James Saga
Illustrated by Pierre Pratt
Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy...
About the book...
Swanda (love her name) and her trusty dog Waldo move from the country into the bustling city of Brooklyn N.Y. Because of her country background she finds she is missing her beloved wildlife and one day she discovers there actually is wildlife in the city... in fact they are right outside her window. Who knew? Great!
"Oh, look! What dear little birds! Come, Waldo, we'll get them a bird feeder all their own."
It takes about one minute's time for the city pigeons to discover that Swanda's Café for Pigeons is open and ready for business. They come in swarms to gulp, munch, and completely empty her birdfeeder and then they have the nerve to hang around and wait for their next meal to be served. The neighbours are not impressed. The pigeons are perched on the fire escape, on the roof, on everyone's balcony... they are everywhere and the neighbours want them gone.... yesterday! Poor Swanda, it's all her fault.
Swanda seeks wise council from the Pest Control Officer, the Keeper of Birds at the City Zoo, and even the Exotic Bird Fancier from Peru to try to find a solution to the problem. They are no help to her. It's then that her irritated neighbours shout her the answer she is looking for...
"SWANDA, YOU GOTTA STOP FEEDIN' DA BOIDS!'
Will the problem of pigeon overload be rectified? Will things calm down and get back to normal now in that once peaceful Brooklyn neighbourhood? Well the birds finally did disappear... but then the next day as Swanda was walking Waldo she passes a pet shop and happens to notice something shimmering and dancing in the window. She goes inside and makes a purchase to take home... will this new addition she now has on her table turn into a fiasco as well? Knowing Swanda... probably so. Oh my!
The artwork is whimsical and playful adding much humour and fun to the storyline. This would be a great book to read aloud and spark conversations as how to properly care and maintain wildlife that are living in the outdoors and little critters that you keep inside your home. I am positive kid's will be delighted with this charming tale.
Storywraps rating... 5 Hugs!!!!!
About the author...
James Sage is the author of over a dozen books for children. His first book, illustrated with photographs by Robert Doisneau, was awarded a Prix d'Arles. Stop Feedin' da Boids! was written as a tribute to multicultural New York, where he lived for a number of years. His present home is in a quiet English market town, a thirteenth-century church steeple its sole skyscraper.
About the illustrator...
Pierre Pratt is the internationally acclaimed illustrator of over fifty books for children, including The Branch and Stop, Thief! He is the recipient of three Governor General's Awards and a prestigious Golden Apple Award "UNESCO-Biennial of Illustration Bratislava), among other donors. He divides his time between Lisbon, Portugal, and Montreal Canada.
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