Little Bird


Written by Germano Zullo
Illustrated by Albertine

Full color throughout
72 pages
Subject: Feelings, Friendship
Age group: All Ages
ISBN: 978-1-59270-118-6
8 3/8" x 8 3/8"

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About the Book

A man drives his truck up to a cliff's edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Suprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. The man's comic attempt at flight deepens the encounter between these two very different creatures. Soon the bird flies off and the man drives away, but in a surprise twist the bird and his friends return, and in a starkly lyrical moment we see them all experience something entirely new.

Awards and Reviews

“Shimmering, color-saturated landscapes and a message about cherishing small things make this English-language debut by a Swiss team an unexpected treasure.” - Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“Uplifting in more ways than one, this prizewinning import suggests that little things can change lives – and perhaps even the world.” – Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

“An impressive picture book that is modern, fresh and will have readers looking for tiny treasures in their lives too.” – Waking Brain Cells

“I’m a big fan of Brooklyn-based publishing company Enchanted Lion […] they always have excellent taste in artists and unique storytellers. Their latest release, a prizewinning Swiss import [Little Bird], is no exception.” – Ben Partridge, Apartment Therapy

"It's high time we here in the U.S. started paying better attention to books published internationally.
Take for instance, Little Bird, winner of the 2011 Prix Sorcières for illustration (the French Caldecott).
Yes, the book is visually stunning. It's clear why it won an award for illustrations. But it's a great story, too. About the small things in life. About keeping your eyes open for the little ways that make every day different, unique, and a day to be treasured." -- A Year of Reading