The Blue Songbird, 2017 first edition, by Vern Kousky.


Written and illustrated by Vern Kousky. First edition, 2017. Running Press Kids, an imprint of Perseus Books, Hachette Book Group.

"Once, there lived a blue songbird.

"Every morning she would wake up,
hop to the edge of a high branch,
and listen to her sisters' lovely songs.

"The songbird always tried to join in
with them, but she could never sing
like they could sing."

The young bird's mother encourages her to journey out, away from home, to find her own song. Along the way, she seeks advice from different birds - a crane, an owl, a vulture, pigeons, penguins - but they can't help her, until she meets the crow, who points her in the direction of an island. On arriving, she realizes she's come full circle home, and finds her mother waiting. But when she tries to tell her all that had happened, the words came out in song. The young blue songbird had found her voice.

Vern Kousky is an American author and illustrator of children's books. Some of his books include Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry, Harold Loves His Woolly Hat, and I See You, Sad Bear. His books have received various awards and recognition: Frostburg State University Children's Literature Centre Book Award, the Parents' Choice Recommended Award, and's Seven Loveliest Children's Books of 2017.
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Condition: Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket: On the front, a shallow crease at the upper edge. Illustrated cover boards. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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