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"Stead creates characters that make readers care; Vernon's compassion and faith have near-spiritual dimensions. And the scribbled artwork brims with small delights..."--"Publishers Weekly", starred

"A deeply satisfying story that speaks to the universal desires to be nurtured and to find a home."--"Kirkus", starred

"Stead has crafted an old-fashioned story that speaks directly to the heart..."--"Horn Book Magazine," starred

"The richly colored drawings are the perfect companions to this classic story of kindhearted friendship and belonging and will be a welcome addition to any collection or storytime."--"School Library Journal"

"Stead creates characters that make readers care; Vernon's compassion and faith have near-spiritual dimensions. And the scribbled artwork brims with small delights..."--"Publishers Weekly," starred

"A deeply satisfying story that speaks to the universal desires to be nurtured and to find a home."--"Kirkus," starred

"This sensitively told story is a wonderful ode to friendship, selflessness, and the joys of home. Everyone should be so lucky to know a Vernon." -- "Booklist," starred review

Stead has crafted an old-fashioned story that speaks directly to the heart... "Horn Book Magazine, starred"

The richly colored drawings are the perfect companions to this classic story of kindhearted friendship and belonging and will be a welcome addition to any collection or storytime. "School Library Journal"

Stead creates characters that make readers care; Vernon's compassion and faith have near-spiritual dimensions. And the scribbled artwork brims with small delights "Publishers Weekly, starred"

A deeply satisfying story that speaks to the universal desires to be nurtured and to find a home. "Kirkus, starred"

This sensitively told story is a wonderful ode to friendship, selflessness, and the joys of home. Everyone should be so lucky to know a Vernon. "Booklist, starred review""

About the Author

Philip C. Stead is the author of the 2011 Caldecott Medal book, "A Sick Day for Amos McGee, "which was illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. His most recent picture book, " Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, " was the recipient of starred reviews from "Kirkus "and" Publishers Weekly." Philip lives with his wife in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, great story, fantastic illustrations! 11 Jun. 2012
By Jeremy Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"A Home for Bird" is a really cute book that is sure to be a favorite of your kids! Vernon meets a new friend Bird who is understandably quiet. The two embark on an adventure to find Bird's home! The illustrations include lots of details for younger kids to look for and follow from page to page to add even more depth to the story! Highly recommend! :)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story I look forward to reading to my son. 11 Jun. 2012
By Ruth H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A frog named Vernon meets the mute, stoic Bird, who might be lost. Unlike some of us, Vernon doesn't think Bird's silence is standoffish or rude. His silence seems shy (and, later, brave) to Vernon. Bird is a good listener, thinks Vernon. The frog introduces Bird to his other friends, then sets out on an adventure with Bird -- going to great lengths (with great patience!) to help Bird find his home.

I thought the story and illustrations were sweet and inventive. I don't know much about styles of illustration, but I thought the somewhat scribbly, sort of watercolor-wash of color ones here went well with Vernon's gentle spirit. My son is only 1, so he doesn't get the "payoff" of the big reveal at the end of the book, but I think he will when he's a bit older (and has seen more types of clocks). I think there are some really lovely messages here -- about going to unselfish lengths for your friends, accepting people (and things) as they are, and being happy for others. Yet the book isn't didactic or heavy-handed. It's simply, as I said of the illustrations, sweet.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Home for Bird 23 Feb. 2013
By Ana Lee Wade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a very delightful book. It has a cute story line and you follow the travel of the bird house until it finds its home. The pictures are colorful and my grandkids love this story. They love the animals in it. They are 4 & 6 years old.
3.0 out of 5 stars The fact that the two books are structurally the same makes me realize just how hard it is to get a children's book perfect. It' 19 Dec. 2015
By Saturnalia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bought this because we adore Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat and wanted something by the same author. This is… much much weaker. It doesn't have the cadence, the sympathetic protagonist, or the poignancy of Jonathan andBBB.
The fact that the two books are structurally the same makes me realize just how hard it is to get a children's book perfect. It's not that easy to explain why this book is sort of meh while Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat is so so great.
If you happen to like A Home for Bird, definitely get Jonathan ATBBB. And if you don't like Home for Bird, don't give up on Phillip Stead… Try out Jonathan. It's been one of the books our kid seems to never tire of and we parents like it too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you need a smile, read this book! 14 Mar. 2013
By jeannine: waddleeahchaa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Everything about this books is happiness! Vernon meets a new friend, Bird. However, "Bird is shy . . . but is also a very good listener." Bird continues to be shy and quite. Vernon begins to worry that Bird misses his home. Vernon sets out on a journey to help Bird find his home. All along the way, Bird says nothing. Finally, Vernon finds a stranger that points the way to Bird's home. Ta-dah! Bird finally sings.

The story is sweet and the rich illustrations tell the story behind the story. My children first read this story with their Daddy and they could not wait for me to read it the next day. But they were careful not to spoil the surprise at the end of the story. You'll love the cute surprise.

The illustrations are as enchanting and quirky as the story. My children studied the pictures for a long time discussing the art medium. I see an afternoon of art in our future.

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