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Average rating
4 out of 5
Based on 618 Ratings and 135 Reviews

Book Description
Young Mekhai, better known as Bird, loves to draw. With drawings, he can erase the things that don't turn out right. In real life, problems aren't so easily fixed. As Bird struggles to understand the death of his beloved grandfather and his older brother's drug addiction, he escapes into his art. Drawing is an outlet for Bird's emotions and imagination, and provides a path to making sense of his ... More
Book Information
PublisherLee & Low Books
BindingHardcover (2 editions)
Reading LevelAges 9-12
# of Pages48
Publication Date10/01/2008
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About Zetta Elliott (Author) : Zetta Elliott’s poetry has been published in the Cave Canem anthology, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Check the Rhyme: an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, and Coloring Book: an Eclect... more
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About Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) : Shadra Strickland earned her MFA at New York’s School of Visual Arts in the Illustration as Visual Essay program. She currently freelances as an illustrator and a graphic designer, and uses drawing ... more
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Told with spare grace, Bird is a touching look at a young bo...
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11/17/2009 jacklyn curb said:
This story is about a little boy nicknamed, Bird, by his father. The little boy struggles with the realities of his brother’s drug addiction and death. The bird symbolizes the desire of the young boy to “soar”. His emotions are expressed through his drawings that he can fix quickly and easily.... more

tags: tough issues, I recommend, I read

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4/14/2009 Lee and Low Books tagged as: I published

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2/17/2009 Samantha Tai tagged as: I read

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12/16/2008 JR Poulter said: This is stunning - words and visuals!
tags: picture book

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11/26/2008 inesita yoo

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8/25/2008 Shadra Strickland tagged as: I illustrated

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