My Beautiful Birds

Title

My Beautiful Birds

Illustrator

Suzane Del Rizzo

Publisher

Pajama Press

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781772780109

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A moving story about one boy's refugee experience in the Syrian Civil War and the birds who help him on the road to emotional healing. Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons - will they escape too? When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the tent city. But though the children start to play and go to school again, Sami can't join in. When he is given paper and paint, all he can do is smear his painting with black. He can't forget his birds and what his family has left behind. One day a canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into the camp. They flutter around Sami and settle on his outstretched arms. For Sami it is one step in a long healing process at last.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

AD620L

Diversity Topics

Culture/Ethnicity; Immigrants and refugees; refugee family; refugee camp; exile; resettlement; relocation

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Syrian)

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Crystal Kite Member Choice Award, 2018, Winner, Author (Canada)
Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Fiction Picture Book
INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards, 2017, Finalist, Picture Book
Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature, 2017, Winner
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2018, Short List, Children's Picture Book
Best Books for Kids, 2017
New York Times Notable Children's Books, 2017 Picture Book
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2018

Keywords

birds; pets; escape; displaced; art therapy; Syria; war; distress

Diversity Impact

direct

My Beautiful Birds

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