Bird Is Dead (Hardcover)

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Bird Is Dead (Hardcover)


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Bird is dead. Now all of the other birds are trying to figure out what to do. How should they feel? What should they say? Should they bury Bird? How do they  remember Bird?


Bird is Dead is a very simple yet sophisticated picture book that provides a concise lesson in how we experience death. The artwork is amazing and there is a palpable sense of loss and confusion in the reactions of the other birds. Some liked Bird, others didn’t. Is it OK to say that you didn’t like Bird? Are we allowed to laugh, or cry, or feel anything? How long should we laugh, or cry, or feel?


In the end, the birds take care of their companion and they give their best wishes before burying Bird. Then, over tea and worms (and cake), they remember their friend and realize that we never really lose those close to us as long as we remember.


— From tom

An honest and simple exploration of death and grief for kids 4 to 8. With playful illustrations by a therapist-turned-artist, Bird is Dead uses humor to make death a more approachable topic.

Bird is dead. Yesterday he was alive. How do the other birds know? On your back + feet up = dead. Some of the birds cry a little. And that's alright. Crying together can be nice. When it's time to give Bird a funeral, they reminisce about him, and then have tea with worms (or cake, if you don't like worms).

In a straightforward but warm way, this picture book of collaged birds can facilitate discussions with kids about:
  • What happens when someone dies
  • How to understand their feelings of loss and grief
  • How everyone can experience grief differently, and have a variety of emotions when something tragic happens
Sensitive and humorous, Bird is Dead provides kids and adults with a space to talk about death on their own terms.

Tiny Fisscher writes for all ages in all genres, and is the author of many books for children.Herma Starreveld was originally a therapist and now works as a mixed media artist.
Product Details ISBN: 9781778401176
ISBN-10: 1778401171
Publisher: Greystone Kids
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English