a scruffy little ragamuffin bowerbird who somehow manages to elicit pure,
unbridled joy from our hearts – even through the heartbreak of his search for
Brought to us by the award-and-heart-winning team of Julia Donaldson and
Catherine Rayner, this book is indeed irresistible.
Bert has built himself the perfect home in the form of a bower. He places a
purple flower lovingly outside his front door and waits. Soon, a female bird
called Nanette passes by.
Nanette,’ the bowerbird said,
just the bird I’d love to wed.
Do you like
my purple flower?
Will you come inside my bower?’
hypnotic and rather gorgeous Nanette shows a slight interest in Bert, but
insists that a purple flower is not enough. She demands more, and so
Bert nurses his hurt feelings and goes in search of further treasures from the
no pushover and the story pulls no punches! But is Nanette the right
bird for Bert?
illustrations show us Bert’s sweetness and strength, which shine through the hope
and disappointment of each encounter with Nanette. When he is finally tricked
out of his bower, our Bert finds himself truly alone.
And then, a
little bit of wonderful magic happens…
seamless and endearing rhyme of this book somehow serves to make us love Bert
all the more. And the inclusion of items such as an old caramel wrapper and
rusty zip in his cache of treasures, gives us wonderful and satisfying words to
wrap our mouths around as we read aloud.
illustrations are stunning – emotive, funny and completely endearing. I don’t
know quite how a bowerbird is made to look variously like a stooped old man, a
playful puppy and a loved-up bowerbird, but somehow, this one is! Bert is
earnest, interesting, scruffy and totally dependable. I want to pick him up and
hear him sing and watch him build a hundred bowers.
Such a beautiful and timeless story, with so many layers of meaning,
wholesomeness and hope.
Title: The Bowerbird – The Small Bird With The Large Heart
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Catherine Rayner
Publisher: MacMillan $26.99
Publication Date: March 2023
For ages: 3 – 5
Type: Picture Book