A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead: A touching story of friendship, kindness and determination.

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Picture Book

Ages 3-7

By Philip C. Stead

32 pages

Roaring Brook Press


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Philip C. Stead is the author of several books, some of which he illustrated himself and some that are illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. Their book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, won the 2011 Caldecott Medal, which is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Philip C. Stead, the writer, possesses the rare ability to convey a world of thoughts with a minimal amount of text. His stories are perfectly paced and wholly satisfying. Philip C. Stead, the illustrator, creates images that invoke warm, pleasing feelings.

His art in A Home for Bird was created with crayons and gouache (an opaque watercolor paint) producing a whimsical, child-like feel. Each illustration contains its own radiant world of…

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review#417 – Little Red Writing by Joan Holub

Kid Lit Reviews

little red writingLittle Red Writing

by Joan Holub

Melissa Sweet, illustrator

Chronicle Books

Top 10 of 2013

Inside Jacket:  Once upon a time in a pencil school, a teacher named Ms. 2 told her class, “Today we’re going to write a story.”

“Yippee!” said the birthday pencil.

“Slammin’!” said the basketball pencil.

“Sharp!” said Little Red

So begins a hilarious and exuberant retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave little pencil finds her way through the many perils of story-telling, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener )the Wolf 3000) . . . and saves the day.

Opening:  Once upon a time in a pencil school, a teacher named Ms. 2 told her class, “Today we’re going to write a story!”

“I want to write a happy story!” said the birthday pencil.

“I’m going to do a nonfiction story about the great state of Pennsylvania,” said the state pencil.


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