When Katherena moves to a new home, she feels lonely and anxious about the move. But when she makes a new friend, she faces many big emotions as she experiences friendship, self-discovery, and loss. “Birdsong” is a timely story that conveys the sweetness and simplicity of the human condition and offers an authentic First Peoples voice; award-winning Cree-Métis author and illustrator Julie Flett broaches important themes within First Peoples culture while incorporating storytelling techniques that allow for an exploration of language. The simple and clear story is accessible for a young audience and also includes complex themes appropriate for discussions in upper primary grades. In a K–5 classroom, this book may prompt conversations about emotions and language and encourage art activities inspired by Katherena’s example.
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