Baby Bird by Andrew Gibbs was an adorable and sweet story about a young bird whose wing never fully grew out as he and his siblings grow old enough that they are ready to learn to fly. But as baby bird attempts to join his brothers and sisters in their exciting journeys, he finds himself seriously struggling to stay in the air. In fact, despite all of his best efforts, it seems nearly impossible for baby bird to fly. And yet he does not give up, jumping first from his tree and then from rocks and bridges, all flapping his wings wildly with the hope of taking to the air. It is during these attempts that he meets Cooter who sets about trying to help him fly.
In every way, I deeply enjoyed reading Baby Bird. The story is sweet and beautifully illustrated. And I think one of the most important aspects of this book is how it portrays disabilities and the ways in which a character overcomes the struggles that he is facing. I won’t get into too many details, but the end of the story was more beautiful than I could have imagined and it might not be what you think. I definitely see this as a story that many children will benefit greatly from reading.
The illustrations were beautiful and filled with color. They will definitely keep young children engaged and pleased with the story, especially as they meet the amazing characters within. I believe many kids will love the story of baby bird and his new friend and hopefully they will find it inspiring as well.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.