BIRD by Beatriz Martin Vidal
Published by Simply Read Books
Anything is possible when you believe. The moment is coming. Be ready. To start a new path, to grow up, to change, to rise to the occasion.
This is an intriguing story that will require rereading, simply because you take something from the illustrated story each time, and each time it will give you something different.
Author & Illustrator, Beatriz Martin Vidal has cleverly illustrated a series of birds in flight, until they become one bird that the reader focuses on. The distance, and positioning of wings and body of the bird change with the digital time - the narrator of the story. But your mind will compellingly create the unwritten text as the sense of logic assimilates with what is happening in the illustrations, especially when you are introduced to the child who is watching and imitating the bird. And of course, real-life logic becomes blurred with the imagination, where anything can happen.
This wordless book is marked with brilliance for any open ended discussion on what is happening in the illustrations. It taps into everyone's fantasy and fascination of being able to fly like avian creatures. Beatriz Martin Vidal has ended the story with the child in flight. But many questions then come to mind - where is the child going? And what of the bird that landed and changed into a child as the new child took off in flight?
BIRD is certainly a thought provoking book that will leave a lasting impression on the reader as they search for the deeper meaning embedded into the multi dimension facets of the illustrations. I believe this picture book is suited for primary and middle school students, and would certainly encourage discussion, questioning and analysis of all things real and imagined.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Beatriz Martin Vidal
Publisher: Simply Read Books
Published: November 2015