Birds on Wishbone Street

Suzanne Del Rizzo. Pajama, $18.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-77278-219-6
Maureen, also known as Moe, a light-skinned Irish Canadian child, narrates this warm slice-of-life picture book, which portrays the developing friendship between Moe and Sami, a light brown–skinned new neighbor from Syria, as they bond over a shared interest in birds. Moe meets daily with young neighbors Mei, cued East Asian, and her brother Omari, who reads as Black, as well as adult residents. Del Rizzo’s colloquial prose emphasizes collective pursuits, as Moe compares bird-related treasures (“multi-colored feathers... and bird leg-bands too”) and includes Sami in wintry activities. Textural scenes created with polymer clay and acrylic makes details pop almost tangibly, presenting a street populated with an inclusive cast of varying ability, age, background, and skin tone. A gentle, bird-centered tale of community care. Back matter features a recipe for bird suet treats and a how-to for winter roosting pockets, plus an author’s note. Ages 5–8. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 11/11/2021
Release date: 11/01/2021
Genre: Children's
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