A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead

A Home for Bird

While out foraging for interesting things, Vernon the toad finds a new friend - a small blue bird who is curiously silent. Vernon shows Bird the river and the forest and some of his other favorite things, but Bird says nothing. Vernon introduces Bird to his friends, Skunk and Porcupine, but Bird still says nothing. "Bird is shy," says Vernon, "but also a very good listener." Vernon worries that Bird is silent because he misses his home, so the ...


Details A Home for Bird

TitleA Home for Bird
ISBN9781596437111
Author
Release DateJun 5th, 2012
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Birds
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Reviews A Home for Bird

  • Elisabeth
    2012-06-04
    Vernon is a determined friend and his tenacity is so endearing because his friendship isn't really returned. He looks at birds unresponsiveness as bird being a good listener and being brave (awww).His happiness at the end is just so gratifying! Good noticers will take a lot of pleasure in comparing the end of the book to the very first page in the story. I have been looking forward to this book since forever and it did not disappoint!
  • Kathryn
    2012-12-21
    3.5 STARSHum. I'm really not sure what to make of this book. On the one hand, it is very sweet and endearing, a lovely story of friendship, generosity and caring. On the other hand, I just wasn't quite sure what to make of the resolution and in some respects it made me a little sad, though I don't think it was meant to. Maybe it was just the mood I was in when I read this. I can see it being really amusing and charming and I know many people love...
  • babyhippoface
    2012-09-14
    Frog and Toad, if Toad was mute. Illustrations: adorable. Story: adorable. I will admit that the first time I read it I didn't pay attention to the end papers. Mistake. Always pay attention to the end papers. Since I didn't pay attention to the end papers, I had no idea where Bird had come from, I had no clue as to Bird's identity, and I was surprised by Bird's home. Duh.This little froggie is just the sweetest thing. He's the kind of froggie who...
  • Colby Sharp
    2012-01-11
    I am madly in love with everything about this book.
  • Melissa
    2012-06-12
    I LOVE SO MANY THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK I CAN'T STAND IT! But probably mostly this line: "But Vernon was a determined friend." We should all be so blessed.
  • Benji Martin
    2015-09-24
    I can't believe I hadn't read this one before. It's brilliant.
  • Cheryl
    2017-04-23
    Ok, I have two separate reactions to this. So, below are two reviews:**More straightforward review**An ok little bit of wistfulness... but A Friend For Dragon is better, imo, as it takes the concept of a 'shy' friend who is a 'good listener' and actually *does* something with it. This is a simpler, gentler book (as you can tell by the design; note that it's a bit smaller than most picture-books). Maybe I'd appreciate this more if I could understa...
  • Dolly
    2013-02-23
    This is a strange, but sweet tale of a toad who tries to bring his new friend home. The narrative is short, but I would recommend this for elementary school-age children who can understand the irony. The illustrations are colorful, but a bit too scribbly for my taste.After we read this story, we discussed how this book was similar to other stories we'd read. Our youngest daughter compared it to the book A Friend For Dragon by Dav Pilkey, and I lo...
  • Lynn Davidson
    2017-09-05
    This story is so cute! It begins with a double spread illustration. An old moving truck with the name "Careful Moving Co." on its door is piled high and bouncing down the road, but the reader will observe several contrasts to the name on the door.Vernon the frog was out foraging and he found a little bird. The bird would not speak, no matter what Vernon said or where he took him. He thought the bird was lonely and sad and in need of a home, so he...
  • Emily Calzi
    2013-01-28
    “A Home for Bird” written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead is the story of a toad named Vernon who finds a new friend, a small blue bird while out foraging. He takes Bird to the forest, river, cloud watching and to meet new friends, however bird does not say anything. Vernon just assumes that “Bird is shy.” Vernon becomes worried that Bird is not happy, so they set out to find his home hoping to make Bird happy. Vernon really goes out o...
  • Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
    2012-07-13
    This story reminded of the classic Frog & Toad stories, filled with small adventures, wonder, and most importantly compassion and heart.The book opens with a picture of the “Careful Moving Co.” on the title page where readers will get visual clues as to the origins of Bird. The story starts with Vernon foraging through the forest for interesting things, when he befriends Bird. They spend time together but Bird is quiet, this worries Vernon wh...
  • Ewa
    2014-10-14
    Vernon is a great friend and even though his new friend Bird does not seem appreciative of his help, a friendly toad is not discouraged. Looking for a home for a Bird is not an easy task but Vernon knows that friendship requires persistence and perseverance. Therefore he decides to go “into the great unknown” to please his friend and make him happy. A book about true friendship, understanding, and empathy written with short repeated sentences...
  • Barbara
    2013-07-11
    When a toad named Vernon stumbles upon an oddly reticent blue bird, he decides to take the bird under his wing. Despite introducing the bird to his friends and favorite spots, the bird has no reaction. Deciding that perhaps his new friend misses his home, Vernon goes to great lengths to search for the bird's origins. Young readers will smile in delight when Vernon somehow stumbles upon the perfect place for Bird who is silent no more. The color-d...
  • Teresa
    2013-03-23
    This book reminds me of why I love books like David Weisner's Tuesday...I love spare text that says so much with so little, and illustrations that fill in the rest beautifully. And the illos in this book are fabulous! You know by the art what happened and probably how it will end, but it reads so flowingly and the art is such a feast for the eyes, that you'll likely still be pleased by the satisfactory ending.**edited to add: PLUS, no adverbs wer...
  • Sarah
    2012-12-07
    Toad meets Bird (a wooden toy) and strikes up an instant friendship. But the longer Bird stays silent, the more Toad worries that he's not happy. Toad decides to try to find Bird's home. The long journey seems to be fruitless. Will Bird ever pipe up? Expressive sketchy watercolors complement the story. Best feature: the voice. Toad is a warm and wonderful friend.
  • Jim Erekson
    2013-02-24
    Okay, I know--willing suspension of disbelief and all that. But at the end when the frog goes to sleep inside the clock it's about 10:00pm and the cuckoo doesn't go off until 6am. Why? Was the author not the one making the decisions?
  • Donalyn
    2012-01-11
    Vernon, a toad, will go to the ends of the Earth to make his friend, Bird, happy. Adorable illustrations and a sweet message about friendship.
  • Vinitha
    2012-11-24
    A really cute book which helps a cuckoo bird find its way back to the clock. very beautifully illustrated and ideal for preschoolers
  • Angela
    2015-11-24
    Such a fun concept, finding a home for a cuckoo bird. Story if friendship and not giving up. Great satisfying ending
  • Tori
    2018-01-26
    A frog finds a (toy) bird. He thinks his quiet new friend must be sad because he's homesick. They set out to find his home. The frog eventually puts the bird in a house-shaped clock, which causes the bird to proclaim "Cuckoo!", breaking his silence at last.I liked this one. The frog is a good friend, an honorable hero. You really want him to succeed. And I really dig Philip C. Stead's adorable scribble art.Even though it's "A Home for Bird", I th...
  • Kelly
    2017-10-08
    I absolutely did not like the illustrations in this story...they were very scribbley.But the story itself was very nice. I frog finds a bird and they become friends. But the frog decides that the bird misses his home because he won't speak and must be very sad. So, as a true friend, the frog brings the bird on a journey to find his home.
  • Molly Cluff (Library!)
    2019-03-13
    So darling, with very detailed illustrations! Vernon the frog finds a bird who doesn't talk, so he sets off to find where the bird belongs, thinking "bird will speak up when we find the right place". Turns out it had broken off from a cuckoo clock, and gets to cuckoo loud and clear at the end. Adorable.
  • Angela
    2017-05-09
    What a creative story and so delicate in nature. I find this such a great wind up and down and up again story. The frog never gets discouraged and so innocently gets relief. And so do the readers. And who doesn't like a happy ending?
  • Joanna
    2018-09-01
    I love this! Vernon is a determined and good friend to the curiously silent Bird, and finds him just the right home. I love the feeling of inclusion and acceptance, and the ending links back to the first page in a magical satisfying way. Charming, with comical and adorable illustrations.
  • Elizabeth Meadows
    2018-04-16
    I adored this picture book! The colorful illustrations paired with loving, selfless thoughts are a perfect combination for bedtime reading. Highly recommended.
  • Mary
    2018-04-17
    Nice story with nice illustrations. Good read-aloud for 4-7 y/o.
  • Rachel Smith
    2017-06-10
    This book was so stinking cute. I really liked that the toad was so concerned about the bird. I really really loved the illustrations because they looked so similar to a child's drawings.
  • Sopana T
    2018-07-22
    เปนหนังสือภาพทีแมไมไดรางวัล กอานสนุก ตอนจบตลกดี เป็นหนังสือภาพที่แม้ไม่ได้รางวัล ก็อ่านสนุก ตอนจบตลกดี
  • Marianne
    2018-06-17
    Whimsical.
  • Tessa VanderStel
    2018-01-12
    A wonderful story about having a place to call home. This book could teach children the importance of helping their friends no matter how much time and effort it takes.