Free – Sam Usher

Free – Sam Usher, Templar Books, (9781536217049), c2019, 2021

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?   A young boy finds an injured bird and he and his grandfather take care of it.  Although the boy wants to keep the bird, which keeps returning, his grandfather tells him that the bird should be free.  Granddad does some research and they decide to take the bird to a certain type of tree where it can join others of its kind.  Once there, the two enjoy an imaginative midnight feast with the bird and its many friends, before flying home amongst the flock.  The ink and watercolor illustrations depict this special relationship of grandfather and grandson as they explore the natural world.  Fans of Usher’s previous titles will welcome this new addition.  A lovely story about a wonderful intergenerational relationship and the natural world.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of Usher’s previous seasonal picture books featuring this grandfather/grandson duo (Rain, Snow, Storm, Sun) will enjoy this new adventure in nature.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 5/21 /2021         

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