The Shoe Bird
When Arturo the Parrot, whose job it was to help greet people as they came into The Friendly Shoe Store, picked up and repeated a small boy's disgruntled comment, "Shoes are for the birds!," it certainly changed the course of his life. This is Eudora Welty's only book specifically written for young readers.
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This silly little chapter book is cheerful to read and even better to read aloud! The main character is a parrot who repeats everything he hears ("If you hear it, tell it") , and this habit sets events in motion that end up snowballing into a crazy party. Over the course of the night, he learns to think for himself instead of just repeat what he hears, and all the birds learn to value their special gifts. I recommend this book to everyone from 5 to 105... although I feel that some of the word play and puns might be lost on the youngest audience.