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Barnaby

by Andrea Curtis, illustrated by Kass Reich

tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, birds, alternative family, new experience
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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: Apr 2021
pages: 32
ISBN:9781771473705
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
Description

A vain blue budgie flies the coop only to find that there's no place like home
Barnaby is a blue budgie who’s got it all: a golden cage, bells to jingle-jangle, and an owner who gives him all the snacks and attention he wants. Until his owner brings home a “friend” for Barnaby: a little yellow canary.
Barnaby is not happy. When his tantrums don’t convince his owner to get rid of the canary, Barnaby flies away and ends up hopelessly lost. While stopping for a rest, he encounters a flock of wild sparrows. At first, he looks down his beak at the drab, brown birds. But, growing hungrier and thirstier, he realizes he has a lot to learn from them.
Soon Barnaby is a part of their flock, scavenging for seeds and riding on the wind. But Barnaby can’t forget his former home, and every night he searches for his owner’s house using tricks the sparrows taught him. Finally, he finds it, and Barnaby returns home a changed bird. With subtle messages about sibling rivalry and jealousy, readers will enjoy Barnaby’s antics and the sweet conclusion to this story.

About the Authors

Andrea Curtis

ANDREA CURTIS writes for children and adults. When she’s not reading or teaching writing to kids, she can be found hiking, swimming, running, hitting balls or trying to stand on her head (not all at the same time). She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her family.

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Kass Reich

KASS REICH is an artist and educator. She graduated with a degree in Art Education from Concordia University, then worked in Beijing as an early childhood educator for nearly three years. Working with little ones inspired her to start making picture books for young learners. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
k to 5
Editorial Reviews

"A thoughtful, beautifully rich story ... Barnaby reads like a modern fable, so vibrantly captured and presented by the winning combination of Curtis’s detailed storytelling and Reich’s captivating illustrations."

 

— Fab Book Reviews

"Curtis’ thoughtful, clever story is told via gentle observations and gorgeous descriptions, with Reich’s warm gouache and colored-pencil illustrations beautifully capturing the cozy scenes and entertaining avian personalities. Though it will resonate especially with children dealing with a similar sibling addition, this will charm any young reader."

— Booklist

"Curtis works endearing bird behavior into the text lightly ... Reich’s gouache illustrations capture Barnaby perfectly."

— Youth Services Book Review

"The softened scenes in a rich palette show what Barnaby is feeling and seeing as he experiences his world growing. One budgie’s emotional growth after leaving home will ring familiar to young children."

— School Library Journal

"Curtis pens a story filled with emotion. Readers will feel all that Barnaby feels ... This book makes for an enjoyable readaloud, and a sure conversation starter."

— Sal's Fiction Addiction

"[Curtis uses] poetic figures of speech ... Reich’s gouache paintings with colored pencil are honey-toned and golden ... Full of feeling."

 

— Kirkus Reviews – STARRED REVIEW