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Thursday 3 September 2015

Review: Two Birds on a Wire

Two birds on a wire
Together they sat
Little Bird Blue and Little Bird Black

Little Bird Blue lands on a wire and sits quietly enjoying the view until Little Bird Black arrives. Now Little Bird Blue can’t see, so the obvious solution is for Little Bird Black to leave. Unfortunately, Little Bird Black disagrees and thus begins a rather heated argument. Who has the right to the wire and who should leave?

Two Birds on a Wire describes a very familiar scene for anyone who has dealt with two toddlers facing off over a toy. Who gets it? The one who was there first? The one who is the biggest? The one who can scream the loudest? Will they finally realise that there is another solution?

This lovely story by Coral Vass reminds children that refusing to share can often result in everyone missing out on the fun, while sharing can mean making new friends. The rhyming text has a wonderful rhythm that is a pleasure to read aloud and the moral of the story is presented in a gently humorous way so that the lesson is shared with a smile.

The illustrations by debut illustrator Heidi Cooper Smith are gorgeous and match the text beautifully, with the increasing frustration of Little Bird Blue and Little Bird Black coming through clearly and drawing readers into the drama of their argument.

Two Birds on a Wire is a lovely book to read with young children. It would be a fantastic addition to classrooms for preschool and young school-aged children to reinforce positive social skills.

Title: Two Birds on a Wire
Author: Coral Vass
Illustrator: Heidi Cooper Smith
Publisher: Scholastic, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2015
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9781742761619
For ages: 0 - 5
Type: Picture Book