The Dead Bird

The Dead Bird

Montzalee Miller




A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016!

This heartwarming classic picture book by beloved children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown is beautifully reillustrated for a contemporary audience by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.

One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.


Amazon Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

Robinson stays true to the intent of the original text and illustrations but elegantly improves upon it with cinematic storytelling.

Publishers Weekly

Brown takes a direct approach to a difficult subject, suggesting how community rituals provide solace. Robinson concludes with a wide-angle view of growing trees and the children flying a kite, implying a return to carefree fun and putting a poignant distance between the tiny figures and readers.

Horn Book Magazine

Robinson’s sensitive new mixed-media art, with its personality-rich quartet of young people…and its city-park setting, elicits the children’s deeply felt emotions and their actions to honor the bird’s memory.

ALA Booklist

The original text is timeless, and the modern, cheerful illustrations will help resurrect this classic for a new generation of readers.

School Library Journal

Robinson thoughtfully pays homage to his predecessor while bringing something new to the telling…a lovely book befitting its lineage.

Amazon Reader Review

This simple book seems to communicate emotionally. Good for smaller children. Simple but simple is not a bad thing for children.