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Thursday 8 March 2018

Review: Bird to Bird

Bird to Bird begins with a seed being dropped by a bird. It's followed by a journey that traces what happens to the tree that grows as a result.

The tree is eventually chopped down and sent to the city where it is turned into bunks on a convict ship.

When the ship arrives at its destination, the wood on board is recycled on land, first as a weaving loom, then a supporting beam in a house.

As time continues to pass, and the wood ages with its surroundings, it is salvaged by a crafter who turns it into a wooden bird.

Through a lifecycle that begins and ends with a bird, this is an exploration of the environment interwoven with a little history.

There's also a gently delivered message about treating our world with respect and being responsible with its resources.

The story's words are used sparingly, which when combined with a series of beautifully painted images, evoke a sense of looking down on places and events as time passes.

Bird to Bird is a book that packs a powerful punch.

Title: Bird to Bird
Author: Claire Saxby
Illustrator: Wayne Harris
Publisher: Black Dog Books, $24.99
Publication Date: March 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925381122
For ages: 5+ year olds
Type: Picture book