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
Release DateJun 5th, 2012
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Birds

Reviews A Home for Bird

  • Elisabeth
    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
    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
    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
    I am madly in love with everything about this book.
  • Melissa
    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
    I can't believe I hadn't read this one before. It's brilliant.
  • Cheryl
    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
    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
    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
    “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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • Leigh
    A gentle but determined frog helps a mechanical bird return to it's cuckoo clock home. I thought the book was kinda weird. the frog can sail a boat and navigate an air balloon but he can't figure out the bird is fake?
  • Nawal NK
    Hmm, I'm really not sure what to make of this book. On one hand, it is very cute and on another, if i think about it a lil made me little bit sad. Although I don't think that's what you're suppose to feel while reading it, I'm guessing :/
  • Jim Erekson
    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
    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.
  • Susan
    A very strange book. Vernon seems to have some real people-pleasing and co-depency issues. I added a star because I really liked the marker-draw illustrations.
  • Angela
    Such a fun concept, finding a home for a cuckoo bird. Story if friendship and not giving up. Great satisfying ending
  • Vinitha
    A really cute book which helps a cuckoo bird find its way back to the clock. very beautifully illustrated and ideal for preschoolers
  • Inge
    I don't get the appeal.
  • Marinda
    Vernon is so clueless I just felt sorry for him. And anyone who reads this book more than once.
  • Becky B
    Vernon the frog runs into a new friend. Bird doesn't say much, but Vernon is sure as soon as they find Bird's home, his new friend will speak up. They travel far and wide. Will Bird ever speak?This was quite clever. For a while I did not expect Bird to say anything, until I saw a certain illustration. This would be a great book to practice making and revising predictions. It's also a nice adventure story and friend story. Kids will find it funny ...
  • Sarah
    Vernon finds a friend bird and is determined to help him find his way home. He knows the places are not right because the bird has no comment, so he keeps trying until he can hear loud and clear that bird is happy. Vernon is so sweet. Readers will need to infer that the bird is not real (is from a cuckoo clock) and that it is the cuckoo clock making that sound. He does find the bird's rightful place though!
  • Tori
    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...
  • Molly Cluff (Library!)
    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.
  • Kelly
    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.
  • Angela
    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?