Title: A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead
Bibliography: Stead, P. C. (2012). A home for Bird. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded
Annotation: The picture book, A Home for Bird written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead is the story of a wonderful friendship between a determined toad and a peculiar bird. One day, Vernon the Toad finds a new friend, a small blue bird. Vernon shows his new friend all of his favorite things and introduces him to his other toad friends, yet the bird stays completely silent. Vernon thinks the birds’ silence is caused by sadness from missing his home, he comes determined to help his new friend get home but bird does not make a sound until Toad brings him to his time-keeping house. I chose this book for a thematic study on relationships because it exemplifies the positive outcomes that come from meaningful friendships.
Grade Level: 2-5
Readers who will like this book: Young readers who enjoy a goofy tale of a meaningful friendship will love the journey the Toad and his questionably quiet new friend go on.
Personal Response and rating: 5; this book was an instant favorite, the incorporation of humor into the story highlighting how determination can pay off is wonderful.
Question: Have you ever tried to help a friend accomplish something? What did you do?