A Bird Like Himself
Author: Anahita Teymorian
Illustrator: Anahita Teymorian
Translator: Azita Rassi
Under 5’s and 6 – 8 (and 9 – 11 as a stimulus for philosophical enquiry)
This fun tale follows our little bird who is born into the world with no parents to look after him. Some kindly animals find and choose to raise him, and he is showered with love and affection and seems a very happy little chick. As the little bird grows, he tries to emanate the other animals, sometimes acting like a sheep, sometimes like a cow but never learning how to fly like a bird! His foster animals try to teach him, but they don’t know how until, one day, little bird meets another bird just like himself and learns to fly up into the sunset with his new friend.
This is a heart-warming story about the value of feeling loved and finding and celebrating your gifts and individualities. There is also great humour in this book, particularly in the parts where the animals try to help bird to fly – the illustrations are worth reflecting on in their own right and add lots of additional depth to the story. There are many elements to aid discussion with children when reading this book – who is the clown at the end of the story? Where are bird’s parents? Why did the animals choose to look after him? What happens to bird after he flies away? There is also a lovely and subtle inclusion of numbers and associating counting with play, which is a very positive message for younger children. A great book for Easter term, looking at birth and, with older children, perhaps re-birth once bird learns to fly.
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- Visiting Anahita at her gallery in Tehran. A blog post. Link
More to read about A Bird Like Himself:
- A Bird Like Himself as described by the Guardian reader. Link
- Hazel Mitchell’s words. Link
- A review by Medicated Flower of Fashion. link
- A review by: Outside in World. Link
- A review by; Creative Steps. Link
- A review by: Let Them Be Small. Link
- A review by Jill Bennett. Link
- A Life lesson through a story. Link
- A picture report from EDBF. Link