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The Blue Songbird
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The Blue Songbird
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A little blue songbird longs to sing like her sisters. But whenever she tries, she cannot get the tune right. Her mother encourages her to leave home and find a song that only she can sing.
With courage and tenacity, she travels the world, seeking advice from a crane, an owl, and a mean-looking crow, and other birds, hoping they will lead her to her special song.
Told in gentle, lyrical prose and with bright, beautiful watercolor illustrations, The Blue Songbird is an empowering story for kids of all shapes, sizes, and singing ability.

A little blue songbird longs to sing like her sisters. But whenever she tries, she cannot get the tune right. Her mother encourages her to leave home and find a song that only she can sing.
With courage and tenacity, she travels the world, seeking advice from a crane, an owl, and a mean-looking crow, and other birds, hoping they will lead her to her special song.
Told in gentle, lyrical prose and with bright, beautiful watercolor illustrations, The Blue Songbird is an empowering story for kids of all shapes, sizes, and singing ability.

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  • Vern Kousky was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works as an adjunct professor of English for Touro College. His first book, Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry, was released by Nancy Paulsen Books in 2015 and received Frostburg State University's CLC Book Award as well as a Parent's Choice Award.

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  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2017
    A misfit bird travels the world to learn her special song...and to find her special place. Every morning the yellow songbirds sing their lovely song. Their younger sister, the blue songbird, tries to join in, but her song is different. She shares her sadness with her mother, also blue, who tells her she must go and find a song only she can sing. The blue songbird flies away, first encountering a long-necked bird who identifies himself as Crane. Whooping, he advises the songbird to venture beyond the mountains, where the wisest bird lives. The blue songbird soars over peaks and valleys, reaching a dark forest and what looks like a wise old bird; he calls himself Owl. All he says is, "Who?" (albeit with great authority). The little blue bird continues her quest, crossing rivers and valleys, cities and oceans, asking every bird she meets for help. Then, finally, she alights on a golden island with three yellow birds on a branch and...her mother. She's home! All her experiences make beautiful songs. Kousky's watercolor illustrations have a delicacy that matches both his prose and his heroine, simply rendered with daubs of light blue onto which are painted a little beak and dots for eyes. The spare backgrounds and the delicacy of the landscapes recall Japanese watercolors. The tale is a familiar one and its plot not without holes, but it's told with grace. (Picture book. 3-5)

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2017

    K-Gr 3-In this sweet story, a little blue songbird can't sing the way her sisters can. So the bird bravely leaves on a quest to find her own song. She first asks a crane and then an owl whether they know of her song, and when they don't, she continues on over rivers, mountains, and valleys, asking all whom she meets. Finally she encounters a crow, who tells her she must fly west to a golden island. The little bird travels until she reaches the golden island, which she discovers is her home. From then on, she sings her own song of seeking and attaining her place in the world. The illustrations are soft watercolors in a pleasing palette of blues, yellows, and grays. The little bird and her sisters are charming creations, small puddles of color with a suggestion of wings, a triangle of yellow for beaks, dots of black for eyes, and simple slashes for eyebrows. All of the featured creatures have great facial expression, the owl's long brow feathers lending him a sage mien (though he is anything but wise), while the crow is dark and scary, with drawn brows and sharp, bright eyes. The layout of art and text is beautifully contrived, detailed illustrations framing the broad, dynamic strokes of color for sky, mountains, and water, with shaped text and white space completing the effect. The text flows almost poetically, and the voice of the young bird is perfectly captured.

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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