The Bird Feeder
* Reading Age: 3-7 years
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Length: 40 pages
* Publisher: Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date: October 4, 2022
* ISBN-10: 1525304836
* Language: English
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I love this gentle, heartwarming story. A little child shares the family home with beloved, Grandma. She comes to stay because she gets sick. Grandma brings along her bird feeder to place outside her window because she loves to watch the birds that gather there. Together the two observe the birds, draw pictures of them, and chit chat about things that are of interest to them both. They adore each other's company and are very close.
As time proceeds Grandma's health declines much more and she moves to a hospice. The child brings along Grandma's bird feeder and hangs it outside her window there. That act of kindness cheers Grandma up as once again she is united with her favourite pastime... bird watching!
Unfortunately Grandma grows more frail and weak until finally she passes on and her room is silent and empty. The child is very sad that Grandma, a wonderful friend, is now gone.
Once back home, the bird feeder outside Grandma's bedroom window is more precious than ever. It brings back happy memories of their togetherness and Grandma's love for her special grandchild.
The illustrations are beautiful and the illustrator uses a soft, calming colour pallet which is perfect for the subject. The author highlights the precious bond between a child and a grandparent and how a child adjusts to the death of someone so special in life. This book will spark conversations for young readers to ask their own questions on the subject. "The Bird Feeder" is a beautiful sensitive story that I highly recommend.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
Andrew Larsen lives in a neighborhood in Toronto that has tall trees, old houses and lots of stories. Sometimes Andrew goes looking for stories and sometimes stories come looking for him.
Andrew was born in Montreal and lived there until he was 12. He has also lived in Halifax, Ottawa and London, England.
As a kid, Andrew dreamed of being a baseball player. He made up stories about playing in the big leagues. Now he plays baseball with his own kid. He still makes up stories.
Andrew likes to visit schools and libraries, where he encourages children to discover their own stories.
About the Illustrator
Dorothy Leung studied and worked in architecture before taking the headlong plunge into her illustration dream. In her work she strives to evoke empathy, nostalgia and wonder. When the Wind Came is her first book; The Bird Feeder is her second.
A subtle, constant presence in Dorothy’s periphery, birds have always been a point of fascination for her. They remind her of adaptability, resilience, freedom, spirit and the passage of time. Dorothy lives near Tkaronto (Toronto), Ontario.
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