Elsie's Bird

Elsie's Bird

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Young Elsie must find a way to adapt to her new home on the Nebraska prairie after she and her father leave their comfortable city life in Boston.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780399252921
0399252924
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Small, David 1945-- Illustrator

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May 14, 2015

Young Elsie loses her Mom and then her Dad decides to move from the ocean to the prairie. Away from the city and the only life she has known to the vast emptiness of grass /prairie and miles of nobody around. She is scared to leave her sod house till one day she forgets to shut the cage of her beloved bird and she has to try and to get it back after it flies away. What she discovers about herself and her new surroundings is touching and makes for a good story .

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 18, 2013

Love songs to country living happen periodically in children’s literature but when I try to conjure up names I return yet again to the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Or maybe Sarah Plain and Tall. It’s much harder to give that landscape the right feel and love in a picture book setting, yet somehow Yolen and Small have managed it together. Between the storyline and characters and Small’s captivating watercolors trapped within thick black pastels, Nebraska has never been so loved. City kids will marvel as I once did at the notion of losing yourself in a vegetation usually cropped and pruned into respectable lawns. Country kids will find a soulmate in a girl so in love with a bird that she casts herself in harm’s way to aid him. And parents will be equally entranced by Yolen’s wordplay and Small’s inventiveness. Quiet. Contained. Original. A keeper.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 18, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 18, 2013

Elsie leads a happy life in Boston, even after her mother’s death. However, her father finds that the city reminds him too much of his beloved wife, so he packs up Elsie and their belongings and sets off for a sod house in Nebraska to start a whole new life. Young Elsie is allowed to bring her canary Timmy Tune along with her, and he quickly becomes the one bright spot in the midst of her severe Boston homesickness. One day while her father is out, Timmy escapes from Elsie’s cage and without thinking the girl plunges into the thick of the tall grasses to find him once more. What she finds along with her bird, however, is a sudden love for the songs of the prairie birds and the sheer thick of Nebraskan nature. And by the time her father returns with chickens and a dog, “Elsie loved them all for they turned her house into a true prairie home.”

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 18, 2013

“Gently, she put her hands around him, not like a cage to keep him in, but just to touch his golden head.”

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