Monday, December 1, 2014

The Message of The Birds by Kate Westerlund, Book Review

By: Kate Westerlund
Illustrated by: Feridun Oral
Published by: Minedition
Released on: November 1st, 2013
Source: book from publisher to review in exchange for my honest review
Rating: 4 Stars - We Really Enjoyed
Ages: 5 & up
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This appealing Christmas story with a poignant message for young and old alike will gently prompt discussion on important issues

An old owl tells the Christmas story to the community of birds as he has done so many times before, but when he tells of the special message from the Baby Jesus, a little bird questions why they no longer sing the message. “People no longer listen,” is the sad realization. The birds decide to share the message once more, but this time to the children of the world. And what unfolds is surely a Christmas wonder.

Lovely illustrations with a great message. The Message of the Birds starts off with an owl telling the story of the Savior's birth. He tells of how the birds in the rafters loved listening to the sounds the baby Jesus made, which were about joy and good will. When the owl is asked why the birds no longer sing the song, the birds decide to share the message through out all the world. The message of peace they share brings people together. The book ends with the message of "Let there be peace. Peace on Earth!" The following page features the wrd PEACE, written in many differently languages. The illustrations are lovely, and compliment Westerlund's words beautifully. The simple message this book shares is a universal one about PEACE. This book would make a great addition to those looking to pick up a new Christmas book this holiday season.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~