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  • ISBN: 9781771644730
  • Tags: Children's Books, Julie Flett, Picture Books,
  • Dimensions: 10 x 10
  • Published On: 09/30/2019
  • 48 Pages

Companion Guide for Teachers and Parents Available (Download/See All)

WINNER of the 2020 TD Canadian Children's Award!

SHORTLISTED for the 2019 Governor General's Award!

A tender, luminous portrait of art, nature, and connecting across generations.

When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of arts and crafts. Can the girl navigate the changing seasons and failing health of her new friend? Acclaimed author and artist Julie Flettís textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational relationships and shared passions.

A brief glossary and pronunciation guide to Cree-Métis words that appear in the text is provided on the copyright page.

Julie Flett, a Cree-Métis author, illustrator, and artist, has received numerous awards for her books, including an esteemed Governor General’s Award and the American Indian Library Association Award. Her work has been reviewed widely, including in the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, and Publishers Weekly.


"A beautiful portrait of an intergenerational friendship where both parties have something to share and learn. ...Simple and profound, this tender story is a reminder that finding a new friend can make a new place feel like home. Highly recommended for purchase."
—School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“[Birdsong] shows young readers how new friends can sometimes ease them; that this friendship is an intergenerational one between fellow artists is an especially sweet touch. Emotionally stunning.”

“Flett fills this tender story with spare, precise language and vivid details…The text seamlessly incorporates Cree-Métis words [and] Flett’s earth-toned illustrations capture the seasons with a spare, minimalist beauty."
—Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast