Birds of a Feather:  A Children’s Story of Love, Loss, and What Came Next – Tom Crice, illustrated by Ellen Rakatansky


     Birds of a Feather:  A Children’s Story of Love, Loss, and What Came Next – Tom Crice, illustrated by Ellen Rakatansky, Dove Tale Press, (9780999685303), 2018

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

What did you like about the book? A young boy recalls the good times he enjoyed while visiting his much beloved grandfather in the summer.  When “Pop” dies, the boy is bereft and angry.  Pop didn’t even say goodbye…  Observing two birds who inadvertently get trapped in the subway car in which he is riding, the boy watches as one bird escapes and the other is left alone in the car.  The boy realizes that he is like the bird; he can miss his grandfather but still enjoy life. The pastel illustrations, done in colored pencil and acrylic on paper, are distinctly and sweetly childlike.

Anything you did not like about this book?  No.

 To whom would you recommend this book? This is a nice resource for parents to share with children who have lost a loved one or a beloved pet.

 Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Parenting books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 5/14/2018

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