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Series: Multicultural Stories, Native American
Genres: Juvenile Fiction, Picture Books
Tags: Ages 3-5, Ages 5-8, Award Winners
ASIN: 1771644737
ISBN: 9781771644730

Birdsong: When Katherena and her mother move to a small townKatherena feels lonely and out of place. But when she meets an elderly woman artist who lives next door, named Agnes––her world starts to change.

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About the Book


There’s so much value in reading a story about a culture told by someone from that culture. That’s one of several things that attracted us to Cree-Métis author Julie Flett’s picture book that touches on change, friendship, and loss.

Julie Flett has woven together beautiful illustrations and a simple, quiet writing style to create this award-winning picture book.

When young Katherena and her mother move to a small town, Katherena feels lonely and out of place. She meets an elderly woman named Agnes who is an artist living next door, and Katherena’s world begins to change. Then, unexpectedly, Agnes’ health fails and Katherena faces loss and grief.

This story is a gentle way to introduce and discuss the difficult topics of loneliness and loss with your child. It guides readers through a difficult season in Katherena’s life and ends on a note of hope. It also offers a glimpse into this Cree family’s everyday life and even a little of their language.

Recommended Age: 4+

Leslie says:

One of the things that makes Birdsong so special is the sweet intergenerational friendship between a young girl and an elderly neighbor who bond over a love of art.


“Cycling from spring to spring, [Julie Flett’s] subtle, sensitive story delicately traces filaments of growth and loss through intergenerational friendship, art making, and changing moons and seasons.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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