Little Bird

HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Sept. 2020. 336p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062996893.
Gr 4-6–Little Bird is the smallest bird in her flock. She is tasked with the menial jobs, such as protecting fledglings from predators. When a fisher cat attacks a crow’s nest and makes off with a fledgling and the trinket known as “Our Luck,” Little Bird must set off on a quest to find them. Little Bird struggles with leaving as she realizes her family doesn’t believe in her enough to trust that she will find Our Luck. As she continues her journey, she discovers that her gift of understanding other animals is not what she first thought. Despite this, she still manages to communicate with other animals such as squirrels, turkeys, a goat, and raccoons. Along the way, she learns about herself, the world around her, and those that are in it. This story incorporates themes of believing in yourself, friendship, communication, and more. Voigt doesn’t shy away from the fact animals do die and eat other animals, and that not all humans are kind. The story seems to drag on at times, and falls victim to repetitiveness. However, the animal conversations are light and will inspire readers’ curiosity. The illustrations throughout the book offer a bit of whimsy.
VERDICT A secondary purchase for libraries that service upper elementary or lower middle grades.

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