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Birdsong

illustrated by Julie Flett

tagged: friendship, multigenerational, emotions & feelings
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BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, KIRKUS, HORN BOOK, QUILL & QUIRE, GLOBE AND MAIL

WINNER OF THE TD CANADIAN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AWARD

FINALIST FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARD

AN AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE HONOR TITLE

A BOSTON GLOBE––HORN BOOK HONOR BOOK

When Katherena and her mother move to a small town, Katherena feels lonely and out of place. But when she meets an elderly woman artist who lives next door, named Agnes––her world starts to change. 

Katherena and Agnes share the same passions for arts and crafts, birds, and nature. But as the seasons change, can Katherna navigate the failing health of her new friend?  

Award-winning author and artist Julie Flett’s textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational relationships, shared passions, and spending time outdoors with the ones we love.

Includes a glossary and pronunciation guide to Cree words that appear in the text. 

“Cree-Métis author/illustrator Julie Flett's smooth and lyrical words and gorgeous... images truly capture the warmth and solidarity of the female protagonists in this tender intergenerational friendship story.”The Horn Book  

“Cycling from spring to spring, [Julie Flett’s] subtle, sensitive story delicately traces filaments of growth and loss through intergenerational friendship, art making, and changing moons and seasons.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She won the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her work on When We Were Alone by David Robertson, and her book Birdsong won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. She is the three-time recipient of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Award for Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet, Dolphin SOS and My Heart Fills With Happiness. Julie is Cree and Métis and lives in Vancouver.

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Contributor Notes

Julie Flett, a Cree-Métis author, illustrator, and artist, has received numerous awards for her books, including an esteemed Governor General’s Award and the American Indian Library Association Award. Her work has been reviewed widely, including in the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, and Publishers Weekly.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
3 to 8
Grade:
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Editorial Review

WINNER OF THE 2020 TD CANADIAN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AWARD

FINALIST FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARD

A CBC Best Book of 2019

An American Indian Youth Literature Honor Title

A Capital Choices 2020 selection

A NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies 2020 Title

A Chicago Public Library 'Best of the Best' Title 

“[Birdsong] shows young readers how new friends can sometimes ease them; that this friendship is an intergenerational one between fellow artists is an especially sweet touch. Emotionally stunning.”
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“Flett’s subtle, sensitive story delicately traces filaments of growth and loss through intergenerational friendship, art making, and changing moons and seasons. Cree-Métis words (defined in a small glossary) add an intimate layer of identity to the child’s lustrous narration, which shines against the spare beauty of rich illustrations by Flett.”
Publishers Weekly(Starred Review)

“Simple and profound, this tender story is a reminder that finding a new friend can make a new place feel like home. Highly recommended for purchase.”
School Library Journal (Starred Review)

Birdsong is about embracing the many natural cycles that run through our lives.”
Quill & Quire(Starred Review)

Birdsong by Julie Flett...is an absolutely perfect picture book. Flett’s warm textured pencil and pastel illustrations are a perfect match for her stunningly lyrical text.”
—Globe Books

“Beautifully written and sensitively illustrated, Birdsong will gently and profoundly wash over readers in unexpected ways.”
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“Perhaps most exciting, this fall sees a blossoming of books by Indigenous authors and illustrators, long largely overlooked by the industry. There are such established creators as Julie Flett (Cree/Métis), whose picture book Birdsong presents a lovely, quiet story of intergenerational friendship.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Cree-Métis author/illustrator Julie Flett's smooth and lyrical words and gorgeous digitally composed pastel and pencil images truly capture the warmth and solidarity of the female protagonists in this tender intergenerational friendship story.”
—Horn Book

“Flett’s prose and art are characteristically pared down to reveal power in simplicity. The landscape and earth’s bounty are as integral as the people are to this tender story of nothing much—just life. But, after all, what else is there?”
Booklist

“A beautiful, beautiful book about change, home, unexpected cross-generational friendships, time passing, and seasons. A warm and moving story with lovely, perfect illustrations.”
Baby Librarians

“Flett fills this tender story with spare, precise language and vivid details…The text seamlessly incorporates Cree-Métis words [and] Flett’s earth-toned illustrations capture the seasons with a spare, minimalist beauty.”
 —Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

“Readers will understand that just like the seasons of nature, our human lives have seasons, too... Powerful.”
Imagination Soup

Birdsong is a solid choice for libraries looking to add culturally diverse selections to their collection. [...] The soft, muted color illustrations are reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats’ in their simplicity and complement this quiet story about friendship”
 —School Library Connection

A Governor General’s Award-winning author

Praise for Wild Berries by Julie Flett 

“[Flett’s] illustrations have an extraordinary, austere beauty.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A sweet commemoration of a shared experience, presented with care and infused with intimacy.”
Kirkus Reviews(Starred Review)

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