This book is a treasure. The beautiful binding protects and projects the gorgeous artistry and storytelling inside. Palacio sets up the plot with Julian (a familiar character from "Wonder" and "Auggie & Me") asking his grandmother to tell him her story for a school assignment. She agrees and a compelling tale follows. I could not put it down and read it almost straight through. As denoted by the title, a bird motif is featured throughout and ties the narrative together in unexpected ways. Sara & Julian's story reminds us to be kind and to help one another. As Mr. Rogers advised us in the wake of 9/11 to "look for the helpers," this story reminds us that we also need to be those "helpers." This book may be shelved in the J Graphic section, but it is for everyone!
"What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it from happening again." -- Anne Frank