How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham.
Candlewick Press: Cambridge, MA, 2008.

This story is more complicated and thoughtful than the average picture book. It has both full page spreads and frame by frame to show action. The text is minimal and backgrounds gray with focus shown through the use of a spot of color and small segments in a frame. The bigness of the city is depicted by skyscrapers and crowds, contrasting with the smallness of the child and that the child out of all these people noticed the bird and cared for it. It is a story to read again and again, finding something different each time.

I like the understanding of the parents and their willingness to help, and their shared hope that the bird will heal and fly again. I like the quietness of the minimal text and the waiting and watching with little nuances in the pictures. I also like what the author says about the book:

In troubled times, when many of us are losing contact with the natural world, I wanted to show that there is still hope in a coming generation of children who have curiosity and empathy with the world around them, and that care and attention can sometimes fix broken wings.

related-birds, nurturing, healing, city
RL=K-1st, read aloud to toddler-1st

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