The Dead Bird

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Random House Children's Books, 1979 - Juvenile Fiction - 39 pages
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There is a little bird lying on its side. Its eyes are closed and there's no heart beat. The children are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the forest, they dig a hole for the bird, and cover it with warm ferns and flowers. Finally, their sweet song sends the little bird on its way. Full color.

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User Review  - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing

Some children walking through the park discover a dead bird lying on the ground and decide to give it a proper burial. I wanted to like this book. The concept was great -- introducing kids to the ... Read full review

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User Review  - omphalos02 - LibraryThing

An odd little book from 1938 with updated illustrations by Christian Robinson. The story is almost macabre the way the bird is "still warm" when they find it and then grows "stiff" (and its "head didn ... Read full review

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About the author (1979)

Margaret Wise Brown was born on May 10, 1910 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, to Robert Brown, a Vice President at American Manufacturing Company and Maud Brown, a housewife. She attended school in Lausanne, Switzerland for three years, before attending Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts for two years. In 1928, she began taking classes at Hollis College in Virginia. In 1935, Brown began working at the Bank Street Cooperative School for student teachers. Two years later, her writing career took off with the publication of "When the Wind Blows." Over the course of fourteen years, Brown wrote over one hundred picture books for children. Some of her best known titles include Goodnight Moon, Big Red Barn and Runaway Bunny. Margaret Wise Brown died on November 13, 1952 of an embolism following an operation in Nice, France.

Barbara Brown is a published academic and fiction writer, as well as a practising psychotherapist.

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