Bird
Author: Zetta Elliott
For Juniors/KS2
Price 13.99 hardback
Book(s) at 13.99 hardback
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Bird Despite its sombre subject matter, this picture book for older readers is a wonderfully affirmative portrait of a young boy's healing process as he deals with the death of his drug-addicted brother and that of his beloved grandfather shortly afterwards. It combines the authentic voice of Mekhai, nicknamed Bird, as he tells his story alongside the unfolding visual narrative of his drawings. Bird's artworks form one element of the double-page illustrations that movingly set his view of the world against images of the real life events he struggles to transcend. This is an affecting portrait of a young boy's emotional and artistic development told against the backdrop of a loving family dealing with difficult issues.

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