Philip Stead has created another wonderful book. This one draws us into the friendliness and outgoing personality of Ruby, a little yellow bird. She introduces herself to bird after bird, no matter their size or color. She experiences various responses which remind me of the ways I receive various responses to my own overtures to strangers and friends alike. Ruby asks questions, learns new things, gets rides, imitates, and is always on the lookout for new friends.
The words are few, but Mr. Stead’s illustrations say so very much. They are colorful, cute, simple, yet filled with emotion and expression. They are fun! The book is fun! And I was going to remind you NOT to miss the back cover of this book, but the video below gives that drawing to you in living artwork!
Reading Level: 3 – 6 Years
Philip C. Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which I reviewed earlier on this blog. It was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. Philip has written and illustrated several of his own books including Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, A Home for Bird, and his debut Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast. Philip and Erin live in an 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Philip Stead’s website is http://philipstead.com/
Publisher: A Neal Porter Book – Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: 9/3/2013 1st Edition
Product dimensions: 10.00 x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)
Originally reviewed November, 2013
From the MacMillan website, I have linked a fast-paced YouTube video of Mr. Stead at work on one drawing from this book. Check out that website link too for there is more on this delightful book.