is the Bird
by David Soman.
Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
handmade wooden bird is passed down through several generations, each
female relative endows it with a memory that adds to the family history…Soman’s
sensitive illustrations reflect the intimacy created by the memory of
ancestral struggles and accomplishments; this is a moving tribute to familial
bonds.” Starred review KIRKUS
tale connects a contemporary young girl with the women in her family stretching
back eight generations. There are no heavy messages, no heroics—just
quiet stories of grit and connection in tough times…The words are
rhythmic, the repetition satisfying, and Soman’s expressive oil
paintings of women on the prairie, leaving home, or on the high dive show
courage in ordinary life. This might make children want to talk about
objects that connect them with their family history.” BOOKLIST