Bold colors, fun theme carry ‘Purple Little Bird’


PURPLE LITTLE BIRD,” by Greg Foley, Balzer + Bray, May 3, 2011, $14.99 (ages 4-7)

Purple Little Bird loves everything purple. He has a purple house with a purple fence and a purple garden.

He’s worked really hard to make everything in his house just right, but it’s not perfect. Something is missing.

So one day Purple Little Bird packs a bag and leaves his house in search of the perfect place.

He visits Brown Bear, Gray Goat, Yellow Camel. Blue Frog and three Pink Possums, but every place he goes is too dark or too windy, too dusty or too damp.

But the possums have an idea about the perfect place for Purple Little Bird, and it is in deed perfect.

Illustrations are the stars of “Purple Little Bird.” Bright colors fill in these crayon-like drawings that while precise have a child-like feel to them. Fun text helps flesh out gaps between pictures and pulls the story into a cohesive whole.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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