Today I recommend: Pablo and Birdy by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Ana Juan.
This descriptive novel is about a boy named Pablo and his lavender colored parrot, called Birdy. One morning, during the change of winds, baby Pablo and birdy washed up on the shore of Isla floating on a tiny baby pool wrapped in twine. Emanuel, a shop owner took Pablo in and raised him. Birdy was always by Pablo’s side. Birdy was like Pablo’s guardian and friend. But when Pablo turns ten, he wants to know who his parents are, where he came from, and other things like that. And besides that, there are the legends of the Sea Farring parrot, a mystical parrot that can hear all sounds and noises of the world at anytime.
This book was amazingly descriptive, very funny and touching. There were funny characters, including a group of parrots and a chicken called the committee. I listened to the audiobook version, and it was hilarious. My favorite character is the pastry stealing dog because he is funny and does not learn his lesson.
~Teen blogger, Elizabeth N.
You can find the audiobook in the Juvenile Audiobook section at jCD FIC MCGHEE, and the book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J MCGHEE.
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm.
First published in 1908, this is another great classic book of historical fiction that has been adapted into many movies. This would be great for anyone who enjoyed the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder or the more recently published When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J MONTGOMERY.
A baby girl washes ashore in a tiny skiff. She is found and given the name Crow. As Crow grows, she becomes increasingly curious about many things. Where did she come from? Why is there a light burning on a supposedly deserted island? Is a famed pirate treasure hidden nearby? If you are interested in finding the answers to these questions and more, read Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J WOLK.
Set on Chincoteague Island, Virginia Paul and Maureen Beebe, a brother and sister, have their hearts set on owning a wild pony and her colt, who according to legend, are descendants of the Moorish ponies who survived a Spanish shipwreck long ago.
This classic is perfect for anyone who loves horses! A sweet tale of two children who eventually have a horse to call their own, Misty of Chincoteague was first published in 1947 and has been adapted as a movie. This book was also a Newbery Honor Book in 1948.
As for a local connection, author Marguerite Henry was a resident of Wayne, Illinois. Henry bought Misty and wrote the book about that horse. Each year, Misty and Henry would visit Wayne Elementary School and would celebrat the horse’s birthday with the children. http://prev.dailyherald.com/story/?id=245797
You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J HENRY.
Today we’d like to recommend Pablo & Birdy by Alison McGhee
In this new fiction book featuring magical realism, we read about Pablo, a boy with a mysterious early start in life – floating to shore on the tropical island of Isla as a baby tied inside an inflatable swimming pool with a colorful bird, later named Birdy, by his side. Where did Pablo and Birdy come from and does Birdy know about Pablo’s origin? Throughout the story, Pablo wonders who were his mother and father and what happened to them. He questions Emmanuel, his supportive adoptive father, his closest friends and even Birdy who doesn’t speak like the other birds roaming the island. Now approaching is 10th birthday, Pablo must make a difficult decision when he discovers that the legend of the Seafaring Parrot might be true.
You can find this in our Juvenile Fiction collection under the call number J MCGHEE.