Two Birds On A Wire by Coral Vass
Published by Koala Books
Two birds on a wire
Together they sat
Little Bird Blue
And Little Bird Black
Little Bird Blue and Little Bird Black
refuse to share! Find out if these
foes can become friends in this
fun rhyming tale.
When I opened the first page of this rhyming text, I was overcome with a feeling of peacefulness of the country scenery illustrated by the talented Heidi Cooper Smith. Little Bird Blue certainly had a beautiful view.
But I knew it would not last, and sure enough, on the very next page, in flew Little Bird Black pushing his weight around and upsetting the peace. Little Bird Blue tried to remain polite in conversation defending her territory, but it was in vain, as the verbal arguing escalated to physical shoving and pushing. It doesn't stop there, the two birds enter the, 'I'm better than you!' scenario, trying to outdo each other until they are exhausted, when in mid-flight they ask, 'Why don’t we share?'
So the story settles down once again to the peaceful view, with new friends, Little Bird Blue and Little Bird Black.
Two Birds On A Wire is a story that approaches the familiar bickering between children as they learn to compromise and see the point of view of another person. It is an great book to open up discussion about sharing. The story also clearly shows the birds engaged in physical exchanges, which, in the natural setting in the bird world, is a reality. Because of the bird characters, the physical exchanges are accepted, but it also creates the perfect platform for discussion about the use of physical contact between people engaged in a disagreement.
My favourite parts of the story have to be the clickety clack of the rhythm with the words, and also the way that illustrator, Heidi Cooper Smith, captured the emotion of the two birds with expression in their eyes.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Coral Vass
Illustrator: Heidi Cooper Smith
Title: Two Birds on a Wire
Publisher: Koala Books
Published: September 2015