A child and beloved grandma bond over birds during the grandma's final days. When Grandma gets sick and comes to stay at her grandchild's house, she brings her bird feeder. Grandma loves birds. And the child loves the time they spend together, drawing bird pictures and “talking about interesting things.” Grandma's health declines, however. She moves to the hospice, where the child hangs the bird feeder outside her window. There, though the grandma's ability to interact diminishes over time, their love for each other never wavers. Simple and deep, this quiet book speaks with empathy about the loss of a treasured grandparent, and with hope about the tomorrows --- and the birds --- that always come.
In this poignant story from Andrew Larsen, a child spends time with a beloved grandmother during her final days and experiences love that will last a lifetime. When Grandma gets sick and comes to stay at her grandchild's house, she brings her bird feeder. Grandma loves birds. And the child loves the time they now get to have together, drawing pictures of birds and “talking about interesting things.” After a while, though, Grandma's health declines, and she moves to the hospice. Hanging Grandma's bird feeder outside the window there makes things better. After a while, though, Grandma continues to grow weaker, and her ability to interact lessens. Difficult as it is, the child adjusts, knowing that, while the situation keeps changing, their love for each other never wavers. Award-winning author Andrew Larsen beautifully captures the special bond between a child and a grandparent, and sensitively deals with a child's loss of a loved one. Using the motif of their shared love of birds and its physical manifestation in the form of the bird feeder allows for a continuity in the child's life that puts the loss in a larger context. Larsen offers an authentic, straightforward presentation of the process of a loved one's death, from being sick, to going to the hospice, to participating less and less in their relationship, to death. It will lead young readers to ask their own questions about life, death and how we remember those who die. The cool palette and simple lines in Dorothy Leung's art evoke empathy for the child's experience, while the presence of the birds adds life and hope to the visual story.
... a heartwarming story of serendipity and connection, both among people and with the environment.—Booklist, starred review (Praise for The Imaginary Garden)
A tear-jerker sure to bring comfort to those facing similar partings.—Kirkus Reviews
The Bird Feeder is the perfect story to help put into words what a parent may not be able to do in those moments.—CM Magazine
This quiet, sweet story is a gift for all ...—Kirkus Reviews, starred review (Praise for The Not-So-Faraway Adventure)
As fresh and vibrant as a spring bouquet, this joyous offering will delight children, particularly young artists, throughout the year.—Booklist, Starred Review (Praise for Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden)
Told with kindness, dignity, and empathy, [this] is a wonderful book that tells a difficult but necessary story and does so in a compassionate and uplifting manner.—Children's Literature