“My Beautiful Birds”
In My Beautiful Birds, this story begins with the title page.
In this evocative refugee story, Sami, his family, and neighbors are forced to escape their homes due to the bombings during the Syrian Civil War. Sami loves his beautiful pigeons and worries that they did not get out safely. After walking days and nights, they arrive at a refugee camp.
As his family settles into camp life, Sami does not. He cannot forget his birds and the life his family left behind. Until one day, four birds fly into camp and settle on Sami’s outstretched arms.
Whena new refugee enters the camp, he welcomes her with his birds and as a new friend.
These dimensional illustrations transport readers into this world.
This story promotes creative components of originality and inspiration.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this story because it tackles a heartbreaking subject and transforms it into a beautiful story. It shows the endearing relationship between humans and animals that can inspire hope and love. Also, I am in awe of Suzanne Del Rizzo’s gorgeous illustrations.
TITLE:My Beautiful Birds
AUTHOR: Suzanne Del Rizzo
ILLUSTRATOR: Suzanne Del Rizzo
PUBLISHER: Pajama Press, 2017
AGE GROUP: 5-8
TOPIC(S): refugee camp, birds, relationships, hope
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, inspiration
1) Study a feather. Notice all the details. Using clay and a toothpick, sculpt a feather as best as you can.
2) Think about ways that people turn a tragedy into something positive. In what ways might you help someone to feel more positive?
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