Eva reviews: “The Dead Bird”

51gKPAp5ROLThe Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown and Christian Robinson

The publisher says… One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way. This heartwarming classic picture book by beloved children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown is beautifully reillustrated for a contemporary audience by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.

Eva says… This is a sad one. It’s all about what you do when you find a dead bird, or a dead ANYTHING. You bury it and then you put flowers where you buried it, and you bless it so it can come back and live again. Because you have to RESPECT it.

Dead bird int 1I just kept thinking “I hope that DOG doesn’t try to eat that bird or dig it up.” Because that’s what dogs do. But I guess even DOGS have respect when something dies.

We saw a dead squirrel once in the road and we didn’t bury him, but Mama got out and put him on the side of the road so he didn’t get smooshed. And I think of that squirrel every time we drive out there. It’s on the way to Mo’ville, by the school.

So this is a good one.

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥♥ (out of five)

(The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown and Christian Robinson. Published by Harper-Collins. ISBN  978-0060289317)

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