I’m sorry for reposting a book review from my blog archives, but I have a GOOD reason. Last week, I had surgery, and the enormous cast has all but swallowed up my left hand. So please bear with me as I peck out this post, letter for letter, with the speed of a sloth.
In honor of my repaired injury, I have chosen an appropriate book, How to Heal a Broken Wing.
Now, onto the original book review…
Living with wild critters was part of my childhood. My mother often brought home temporary pets for us to observe. We had a pair of mice, a lunar moth, tree frogs, and a fair number of birds that flew into our windows. Once, we had a seriously injured salad-loving mallard living in our kitchen that my mom found along a country road.
The need to care for injured or neglected animals continues with me. Each bird that flies into the window receives a cozy, lined box, a dish of water, and a bowl of bird seeds to help with its recovery. Those that don’t survive…I carefully bury in the garden with flower petals, earth, and tears.
My love of animal rescue stories shows itself in today’s PPBF (Perfect Picture Book Friday) review, How to Heal a Broken Wing. See the book on Amazon HERE.
Title – How to Heal a Broken Wing
Written and illustrated by – Bob Graham
Published by – Candlewick Press 2008
Suitable for ages – 3-7
Topics/Theme – Animal rescue and kindness
Opening – High above the city, no one heard the soft thud of feathers against glass.
Amazon Review – In a spare urban fable, Bob Graham brings us one small boy, one loving family, and one miraculous story of hope and healing.
In a city full of hurried people, only young Will notices the bird lying hurt on the ground. With the help of his sympathetic mother, he gently wraps the injured bird and takes it home. In classic Bob Graham style, the beauty is in the details: the careful ministrations with an eyedropper, the bedroom filled with animal memorabilia, the saving of the single feather as a good-luck charm for the bird’s return to the sky. Wistful and uplifting, here is a tale of possibility — and of the souls who never doubt its power.
Learn about Bob Graham HERE.
Find more “Perfect Picture Book Friday” reviews at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog HERE.
Bird craft to make with kids
Find instructions HERE. After the text instructions, photographs follow, illustrating the process to make this adorable bird.
Until next Friday.
Sending you wishes for speedy healing!
Thanks, Cathy. Like the bird in the story, my wing will need time to heal, too. With hopes, not a lot of time as pecking one-handed on my laptop is driving me nuts.
Hope your mended soon. Love the bird craft.
I actually tried making the little yarn bird (way before the hand surgery) and it turned out pretty cute. Thanks for the good wishes.
I hope your wing is mended soon! I love the book that you feature – it’s one I haven’t seen but seems perfect for these busy days when we often fail to see that others need our help.
It’s a sweet book. I hope your library owns a copy for you to enjoy.