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Children’s Book Review: How to Heal a Broken Wing

Graham, Bob. How to Heal a Broken Wing. Candlewick Press, 2008. 40 pages.  ISBN-13: 978-0763639037


What’s the story?

A little boy finds a bird with a broken wing on a crowded big city street and takes it home to help it get well.


This multiple award winning story is a sweet story of a boy who struggles to help heal and bird with a broken wing. This is a nearly wordless book which depends on the richly detailed illustrations to tell the story. The colors are muted tones that capture the shadows made by the tall buildings in large cities. The pictures and the text work in combination to create a tense mood as the reader wonders if the bird will survive. The other emotional element is wondering how the boy will be able to set the bird free after he has grown to care for it. This is a lovely story about compassion, and provides an excellent example of what loving and supportive parents will do to help a child in this situation.

Awards and Recognition

Charlotte Zolotow Award 2009
Australian Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2009
American Library Association Notable Books for Children 2009

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