Elsie's Bird

By Jane Yolen; David Small (Illustrator)
(Philomel, Hardcover, 9780399252921, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 2, 2010

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Elsie is a city girl. She loves the noise of the cobbled streets of Boston. But when her mother dies and her father moves them to the faraway prairies of Nebraska, Elsie hears only the silence, and she feels alone in the wide sea of grass. Her only comfort is her canary, Timmy Tune. But when Timmy flies out the window, Elsie is forced to run after him, into the tall grass of the prairie, where she's finally able to hear the voice of the prairie-beautiful and noisy- and she begins to feel at home.
Jane Yolen and David Small create a remarkable, poetic, vividly rendered book about finding one's place in the world.

About the Author

David Small is the renowned illustrator of more than fifty books, including So You Want to be President?, which won the Caldecott´┐Ż Medal. He has won two Caldecott Honors (The Gardner and One Cool Friend), the Christopher Medal (That Book Woman and The Gardner), and was a National Book Award finalist (The Underneath). He lives with his wife, author Sarah Stewart, in a nineteenth´┐Żcentury manor in Michigan.

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