Caterpillar and I are frequent visitors to our local library but, being a toddler, he doesn’t exactly give me a lot of time to thumb through the wide range of children’s titles so I’ll confess that bright or unusual illustrations are usually what catch my attention and make me select that particular book. This is also the first thing I noticed, and one of my favourite things, about this week’s Butterfly Book Club title – Little Home Bird.
The watercolour illustrations are truly stunning, every page is a feast for the eyes. Jo even manages to create a mood for each page with *her* choice of colour palette. Nature, landscape and seasons are all beautifully depicted and each page is like a painting in its own right. The focal point – the birds – are especially gorgeous.
Even without the story we would have enjoyed this book but fortunately the narrative is also brilliant. Little Bird is unnerved when he finds out he has to leave his home to fly south for the winter but decides if he can bring all his favourite things along with him it will make him feel better. Unfortunately, this isn’t the most practical plan but leads Little Bird to learn a lovely lesson.
Not only is this a great book for teaching kids about migration, the underlying message of how to adjust in a new environment would really help any child facing a house move or who regularly divides their time between two homes.
With the beautiful illustrations and heartwarming story, I think this is definitely a book we’ll be revisiting time and again.