Birds of Paradise

illustration, Birds of Paradise, picture book

© Shelley Steinle

Sweet sparrows Bessie and Bert grow up as differently as night and day. Bessie is fearful of the dangers inherent in being a bird. She’s scared to leave her cozy branch. But Bert relishes flying in the sky and pecking delicious seeds on the ground, until he loses half a tail.

Bessie and Bert uncover each other’s fears and, through a newfound friendship, re-discover the delight in being birds. Charming, lustrous illustrations and light, lilting verse delight children and adults alike as they gain a new appreciation for the joyous birds in their own backyard. Ages 3 and up. Available through Amazon, Borgo Publishing, Barnes & Noble, and Ernest and Hadley Booksellers. 

internal book awards, finalist, illustrated children's book2018 International Book Award – Finalist in the Children’s Picture Book – Hardcover Fiction category

Gorgeous review by Patricia Lewis in her blog Children’s Books Heal:   

Pamela Wight’s Birds of Paradise is a heartwarming story for children about balancing fear with the simple joys of life.  And chirping sparrows are the perfect medium to tell a beautiful story of friendship and taking care of each other — all valuable life lessons. This is a story for all ages.

Wight is a lyrical author. Her captivating prose simply transport her readers. “Like the sunrise after a snowstorm?” Bert asks with excitement. “Or the flock of birds diving together in the summer sunshine?” 

Shelley A. Steinle’s illustrations are beautiful, lively and expressive. She depicts a variety of bird species with intricate detail. There is a lot to study on each page. Children will enjoy searching for the lady bug Steinle has hidden on each page.

Resources: Birds of Paradise will encourage children to observe birds in their own backyards. Summer is ending and birds are preparing for the winter. Some will migrate. Take a walk in the woods and listen to their bird chatter. Search the skies for the migrating bird formations. Draw a picture of what you observe.

“Captivating prose and artwork across each page – like opening up an unexpected gift tied up with beautiful ribbon.”  Margery Condon, Literacy Educator

“Birds of Paradise” is a beautiful and charming picture book that will appeal to readers of all ages. Children will love Bert and Bessie’s story and will enjoy finding the hidden ladybug on each page. All readers will appreciate Steinle’s lively illustrations as well as Wight’s timeless tale that reveals important lessons for life. Together Pamela Wight and Shelley Steinle make the perfect creative team.” Matisse

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Hardbound. For ages 3 to 93. Amazon.