Published by Beach Lane Books
Summary: A young bird and its parent engage in wordless dialogue in this story about getting up the courage to leave the nest. After feeding its offspring endless worms, the parent is ready for the youngster to fly. But they have different ideas about this, especially when the little bird leaves the nest and tumbles straight to the ground. Readers see their communication as pictures in cartoon bubbles; the older bird tries to convince with pictures of soaring eagles and flights to Florida, while the younger one imagines riding in an airplane, traveling in a hot-air balloon, and biking to Florida. Finally, the real threat of becoming an owl’s dinner convinces the kid to try again, and both birds end up happily back in their nest as the moon rises over them.
Pros: I learned about this book in a recent edition of one of my favorite Caldecott predictors, and while I’m not sure it’s quite medal-worthy, it is a lot of fun. Sometimes wordless books can be confusing, but this is one that even the youngest readers will enjoy.
Cons: The parent seemed overly indulgent of its slightly bratty child.