The Bird Feeder by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Dorothy Leung, Kids Can Press, 2022. 9781525304835
Format: Hardcover picture book
What did you like about the book? When Grandma came to stay, she brought her birdfeeder. I fill the feeder and together she and I watch the birds. Grandma tells me about them, which one is which. Together we draw them. Then one day when I come home from school, I learn that Grandma’s health has declined, that she has gone into hospice care. I visit her there and realize something is missing: the birdfeeder. Now we can still watch the birds together as we eat jello. Grandma gets another visitor, a therapy dog named Suki. Grandma loves dogs. And then one day Grandma is gone. This is such a sweet, understated story of the relationship between a grandchild and a grandmother. Their closeness with one another, their enjoyment of each other’s company is just so warm and moving. The artwork was done digitally with two-page spreads that so perfectly complement this tale of love and loss.
Anything you did not like about the book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a beautiful story of the relationship between a grandmother and her grandchild as she nears the end of her life. Those in a similar situation could use the story to offer comfort to young ones.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books, perhaps the parenting section
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review
Date of Review: August 30, 2022