A wild sparrow's journey sets in motion a toddler's new experience in Bob Graham's tale of life's surprising little turns -- and unlikely connections.
Following some food, a curious young sparrow stows away in the back of a truck and takes an unusual voyage south -- through the lush rice paddies of India, across the rough sea, and all the way into a bright new day. As the sun rises high over the city, he finds little Edie at a caf with her grandma and granddad, and for a fleeting instant, his world meets up with hers and changes her life in the most delightful way. From the masterful Bob Graham comes an invitation to notice the smallest of moments as they unfold around us, full of unexpected promise.
Preschool-Grade 2. Outside a food shack in India, a sparrow picks food from a diner’s plate. Then the bird spies a truck stacked with sacks of rice, one of which is torn open. The bird burrows inside as the truck heads into a crowded city and toward a dock where a ship awaits to take the rice on board. The sparrow has plenty to eat (rainstorms provide water) until the ship lands in a modern, gleaming port. Here toddler Edie enjoys lunching at the botanical garden with her grandparents. And look who else is there—the sparrow, nibbling crumbs from their table. The grandparents’ dog jumps at the bird, the bird knocks over Grandfather’s vanilla cone, and “Edie’s life changes forever” when the cone lands in her lap and she tastes ice cream for the first time. Despite the big idea that interconnections are unexpected and varied, the premise still seems thin. Not so the line and watercolor art with its energy and changing vistas, from teeming city to vast ocean to cozy family scene. Children will enjoy taking this trip and keeping their eyes on the hungry little bird.