When Will helps an injured bird, he learns that a little kindness can go a long way.
No one in the busy city sees the bird lying on the pavement, its wing broken. No one but a small boy called Will. He and his mum carry it home and, with time, rest, and a little bit of hope, the wing mends...and they set the bird free to soar over the city once more.
About The Author
Bob Graham has written and illustrated many acclaimed children's picture books, including Max, which won the 2000 Smarties Gold Medal, and Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child, which won the 2003 Kate Greenaway Medal. He has won the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award an unprecedented three times.
Captioned by brief phrases that sometimes give way to entirely wordless pages or spreads, this spare episode celebrates the spirit of compassion in a small child. Crowds of passersby step over an injured pigeon on the sidewalk, but young Will picks it up and makes his mother carry it home. He and his solicitous parents bandage and care for the bird, but will it ever heal? "With rest and time and a little hope a bird may fly again," is Graham's reassuring message, and so it proves on the final spread when the released patient soars into the sky. Will's bright red jacket makes it easy to pick him out amid the paler-hued pedestrians and tall skyscrapers, which unfold in sequential panels and full-page spreads, the illustrator's "camera" displaying masterful control over pacing and perspective. This isn't as personal as Matteo Pericoli's True Story of Stellina (2006), but it will draw a younger audience, and is imbued with the same sensitivity and sense of intimacy. (Picture book. 4-6) (Kirkus Reviews)
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st January 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 30.7 x 21.4 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.451