The Day I Became A Bird

The Day I Became A Bird

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The day he starts school, a young boy falls in love for the very first time. Sylvia sits in front of him at school, and he's so in love with her, she's all he can see. But sadly, Sylvia doesn't see him. In fact, it seems the only thing Sylvia has eyes for is birds. ?There are birds on her pants and dresses. She wears bird barrettes in her hair. She draws birds on her notebooks and folders. And when she speaks, her voice sounds like birdsong.' So in a bold attempt to get Sylvia's attention, the boy decides to go to school dressed up as a bird. He endures the stares and giggles of his classmates, and a great deal of discomfort, but the boy doesn't care. Because when it comes to love, sometimes you have no choice but to follow your heart and spread your wings.

In this sweetly funny picture book, Ingrid Chabbert perfectly captures the emotional essence of a child's first love. The boy's voice as narrator is realistic and endearing as he engagingly and honestly shares the wonder of his experience. With imagination and gentle humor, Guridi uses spare lines in mostly black and white drawings to tenderly express the poignant heart of the story. This book offers a terrific exploration of young children's self-discovery and self-expression, as well as the early development of social skills. It makes a wonderful read-aloud to launch a classroom discussion about relationships and feelings.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781771386210
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,illustrations (some colour) ;,28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Nieto Guridi, Raúl 1970-- Illustrator


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Dec 23, 2018

yay! So happy the library is getting this book! It has been so talked up. Can't wait to read it for myself

Update: Picked this book up today, and it is definitely a special book. Some might say that it will resonate more with adults than kids. I don't know about that, but it's a sweet commentary on young puppy love and the lengths we will go to impress. I love the line "I don't look at birds the same way I did before." When we love someone, we love what they love and we see beauty in the things that they see beauty in.

Feb 08, 2017

One of the most overlooked awesome picture books of 2016, this little Canadian gem is not to be missed. The illustrations are wacky and visually playful! A charming story about a little boy who has a crush on a little girl, however all she loves are birds. Realizing this he does his best to become what she loves most in the whole world. Hence, the day he became a bird. Don't worry it has the happiest ending of all. He is most definitely liked best for who he is i.e. not a bird. So darn adorable.

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