I Really Want to Be First!: A Really Bird Story

Red Comet. (Really Bird Stories). Apr. 2022. 48p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781636550183.
PreS-Gr 2–A mischievous little bird, Really Bird gets his name because he does and wants everything really big, or really happy, or really silly. In this whimsical, easy-to-read book, Really Bird and his friends, a yellow cat and a black puppy, live in a city park. Whenever they venture out to do various activities in the park, they usually go in the same order every time: Cat, Pup, and then Really Bird. One day while they are going on yet another nonsensical adventure, Really Bird tells his friends that he really really wants to go first this time. Cat and Pup decide to let him lead. Really Bird leads his friends into climbing a tree, where both of them get stuck and have a hard time holding on. When both animals ask for his leadership to get them down, Really Bird comes up with the solution. Questions at the end of the book to discuss with little ones are a delightful addition.
VERDICT A goofy, silly story with lively imagery by Foster, this book touches on issues of social consciousness, such as trusting, sharing, and having productive solutions to problems when issues occur. Great for any children’s collection.

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