The Message of the Birds By Kate Westerlund, illustrated by Feridun Oral

ISBN: 9781662650116


Published by (2013-11-01)

This appealing Christmas story with a poignant message for young and old alike will gently prompt discussion on important issues


An old owl tells the Christmas story to the community of birds as he has done so many times before, but when he tells of the special message from the Baby Jesus, a little bird questions why they no longer sing the message. “People no longer listen,” is the sad realization. The birds decide to share the message once more, but this time to the children of the world. And what unfolds is surely a Christmas wonder.

Book Details

Format: eBook
Price: 11.99 CAD / 9.99 USD
Published: 2013-11-01
ISBN: 9781662650116
Page Count: 32
Trim Size: 9-3/4 x 9-3/4

★"Told through simple, lyrical words, the story of how the birds fly off to spread a song of peace by singing to children is a touching and profound interpretation of the role of the Christ Child and the meaning of his birth....A lovely, quiet book with something powerful to say." —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“A very special book…a timeless and timely tale not to be missed…. full of the warmth and innocence that parents so often desire for their young children’s lives. The book encompasses a single theme: let there be peace on earth…. The illustrations are spot on…. During what is one of the busiest times of the year for many people, taking a break to enjoy and understand The Message of the Birds is well worth the time. - Good Reads with Ronna 

"The tale itself involves the birds of the world and a song they learned long ago that they want to sing to every child that they find. The real lure is the art, however." —Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production, School Library Journal

“Birdsong carrying a message of peace plays a central role in this beautifully illustrated retelling of the Nativity. "Why don't we sing it anymore?" asks the little robin pictured on the cover. While the other birds insist that "people don't listen," the robin suggests, "We should sing it for the children." Pale skies and white landscapes allow the birds' vibrant colors and the children's coats to pop in paintings as serene as a snowfall.” – Shelf Awareness

“Delicate naturalistic illustrations capture the hush of winter and the transformative powers of friendship and love.” — Elissa Gershowitz, Horn Book