My Beautiful Birds

  • Title: My Beautiful Birds
  • Author: Suzanne Del Rizzo
  • ISBN: 9781772780109
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Hardcover
  • My Beautiful Birds Behind Sami the Syrian skyline is full of smoke The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed th
    Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons will they escape too When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the tent city But tBehind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons will they escape too When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the tent city But though the children start to play and go to school again, Sami can t join in When he is given paper and paint, all he can do is smear his painting with black He can t forget his birds and what his family has left behind One day a canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into the camp They flutter around Sami and settle on his outstretched arms For Sami it is one step in a long healing process at last A gentle yet moving story of refugees of the Syrian civil war, My Beautiful Birds illuminates the ongoing crisis as it affects its children It shows the reality of the refugee camps, where people attempt to pick up their lives and carry on And it reveals the hope of generations of people as they struggle to redefine home.

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    1. My Beautiful Birds: stunningly illustrated and loosely based on a true story, this simple yet profound storybook touched me deeply. It is both sad and sweet, haunting and hopeful; a wonderful age-appropriate introduction for little ones into the plight of Syrian refugees displaced by terrorism and war. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention Del Rizzo's gorgeously stunning, meticulously intricate artwork comprised of polymer clay and a host of other mixed medias. The details she sculpted into [...]

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    2. My Beautiful Birds is both sad and touching, compelling and infuriating, heart-wrenching and hopeful. It is the story of a young, Syrian boy named Sami. He and his family flee their war-torn home in search of a place of refuge and Sami experiences a great deal of distress. However, Sami's distress is not directly associated with fear for his own life, or sadness of leaving his home—he suffers not knowing if his pet birds, who got left behind, are OK. Sami and his family find a refugee camp and [...]

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    3. After bombs destroy their home, Sami's family is forced to flee Syria and leave his beloved pet birds behind. As Sami adjusts to life in a refugee camp, he finds solace and new friendship through his connections to nature. A sad and beautiful story paired with incredibly stunning sculpted-clay illustrations.

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    4. I wrote the following Book Club Discussion Questions (for adults) for this book:1. Suzanne Del Rizzo wrote this book because she was looking for an age-appropriate way to teach her children about the Syrian Civil War. Do you feel she achieves this with “My Beautiful Birds”? Are there any parts you didn’t feel were age-appropriate?2. Why did Del Rizzo choose to tell the story of Syrian refugees from a child’s point of view? Do you feel it was effective?3. What is life like for the childre [...]

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    5. A beautiful book, with unique clay illustrations that leave much to pour over on each page, tells the story of a family in Syria as they have to leave their home (and the boy's beloved pigeons) behind and find a way to move on in a refugee camp. Add this to your refugee stories text set with The Journey & Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey.

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    6. Beautiful artwork that accompanies a story that does not allow us to avert our eyes to what is happening to many children today.

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    7. Sweet, sad story of a Syrian child who has fled his home with his family and is now living in a refugee camp. Lovely illustrations.

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    8. A beautiful and touching story of a Syrian child who must flee his home.

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    9. A Syrian boy, named Sami, displaced with his family by the civil war taking place in that country, is the subject of Suzanne Del Rizzo's book, My Beautiful Birds. Written with the intent of explaining to children what is happening to the people of Syria who must flee their home and country during the unrest, we meet Sami as he, his family, and neighbors are escaping their war-torn community. The title of the book refers to the flock of birds that Sami has raised on the rooftop of the building in [...]

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    10. In gorgeous mixed media with polymer clay figures pushing out from the page, Suzanne del Rizzo tells the sad story of Sami who must leave his home as so many from Syria have had to do. Not only are they leaving home, but Sami must also leave his beloved pet pigeons. He is devasted, can only think of them as they finally reach the camp and safety. When other children play, not Sami. His sadness has overwhelmed him. The illustrations caused me to pause and admire the detail. One of the first pages [...]

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    11. This is a timely and compassionate story of a Syrian child refugee who flees his beloved home with his family and leaves behind his pet pigeons. Sami’s story is a journey of hardship, sorrow, and hope for a better future. Conditions are cramped in the tent city, but Sami and his family are safe. But he has trouble adjusting to his new life. He continues to worry about his pigeons, until three birds appear one day and he finds his joy again. This is a turning point for Sami.Del Rizzo’s e [...]

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    12. The memories of a child refugee is often full of fear, confusion, uncertainty, and sadness. When Sami escapes from his Syrian village, those feelings are there, as well as concern for his beautiful pigeons that he kept as pets. The birds couldn’t flee with them, but Sami holds onto the belief that they got out safely. The worry keeps Sami from adapting to his new surroundings, until some new birds arrive one day and bring the most important need for refugees: hope. Suzanne Del Rizzo, a Canadia [...]

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    13. This is the story of a refugee child, Sami, who misses his home and his pet birds. The story begins with his family's journey of escape. Over half of the story takes place in a refugee camp, Sami's new dwelling place. There he befriends a girl as lost and lonely as he is and shares his new birds with her. The illustrations were made using clay. "Today Za'atari houses close to 80,000 refugees, making it the fourth largest city in Jordan. According to the UNHCR (The United Nations Refugee Agency), [...]

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    14. Presenting the refugee crisis to children is not an easy task. Author Suzanne Del Rizzo tackles this timely issue in her uplifting new book, My Beautiful Birds. Intended for ages 6 and older, this masterfully illustrated picture book offers its audience hope and renewed empathy for humanity. Loosely based on the life of a real refugee child who keeps birds, this story depicts the challenges and struggles a young child endures when war breaks out in his home country. While the story is not about [...]

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    15. This picture book was selected for the 2017 One Book One San Diego program. It is a hauntingly sad and beautiful depiction of life for a child refugee of the conflict in Syria. A young boy is evacuated with his family due to the war, and his chief concern is for his pet pigeons. The loss of the beloved birds is overwhelmingly sad for Sami and colors every aspect of his life. Gradually he comes to terms with his situation. He lives in a refugee camp and one day sees other beautiful birds. These a [...]

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    16. 4.5 stars for a perfect children's book. A colleague passed it to me and recommended I take a look at it. It's beautiful - the pictures are done with plasticine art, and they are wonderfully detailed. I took a second look through because the art was so gorgeous.The story is of a displaced Syrian family as they leave Syria (and everything behind) and seek out a new life at a UN Refugee camp. The story is told through the eyes of the little boy, who had to leave his birds behind. It's a powerful s [...]

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    17. Sami loves living in Syria with his family and his pet pigeons. But when the war forces his family to leave, he worries about his pigeons. He is now safe in a refugee camp, but he finds that the world still feels black. Until one day, three beautiful birds find him and help him rediscover a world of color.This book brought tears to my eyes in a good way. This book deal with a heavy but important topic: the ongoing crisis in Syria. It does it in a way that doesn't oversimplify a complex issue but [...]

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    18. A heartbreaking and yet heartwarming picture book story of a young boy and his family fleeing war-torn Syria to try and find a safe place to begin their lives anew. The illustrations in this book bring it to life with beauty and dignity and love. It should be read to children in all our school libraries, so that they can understand what so many children and their families are feeling as they flee their homelands to search for a peaceful place to live. This book is the best gift you can give your [...]

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    19. If you know a child between 4 and 7 who has questions about/worries about the Syrian refugees, this picture book might help. Of course, it's not a completely realistic picture of the pain, danger and sorrow of displacement from home or daily life in a refugee camp. But the book provides the basics in a way little children can understand. And it's ending is one of hope and some healing. The unusually and very skillful clay illustrations almost give the pages texture and might engage little artist [...]

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    20. A Syrian boy and his family flee to the safety of a refugee camp, leaving his flock of pet pigeons behind. He eventually finds solace in the birds that visit the camp. Told from the child's pov, this timely story can acquaint our sheltered children with the experience of far too many of their contemporaries. The beautiful detailed clay illustrations invite the reader to linger and reflect on the sad reality of the refugee crisis.

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    21. In Syria, a family's home is hit with a bomb, causing them to suddenly flee. After a couple of days, the family reaches a refugee camp. Sami's father reassures him that his beloved birds escaped, too, but Sami struggles with longing for them - and for his previous life. Over time, he makes friends with some different birds, and eventually provides a kind, welcoming hand to a new refugee to the camp.

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    22. Interesting illustrations. Look like they are made out of clay and then photographed? Neat.Yet another picture book for adults. About a Syrian refugee boy who had to flee his city and is sad that his pet pigeons are no longer with him. He's inconsolable until he finds some birds to care for in the refugee camp. Way too long, wordy, heavy for storytime, but worth a read. This one was on New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2017

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    23. A young boy, Sami, flees with his family from war-torn Syria, but he can't help worrying about his beautiful birds that he had to leave behind. His father assures him that the birds escaped, as well, but Sami can't help but be sad, even when they arrive at the refugee camp and are safe. He slowly starts to heal, however, when he has some new birds to care for.Bright, unusual illustrations create with polymer clay and acrylic are very striking and the text is poetic.

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    24. A refugee escapes from his burning village. He is scared and his birds flew away. Later he gets new birds and starts making peace with his fears. Then he meets a girl, and she is afraid. He offers his hand in friendship and shares his birds with her to calm her fears as well. Very beautifully illustrated.

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    25. A cursory glance at the cover did not pique my interest, but a closer reading of the story stunned me. The illustrations don't pop off the page, instead they seem deep and rich and dimensional and they invite you right into the story. The story itself touches on sadness, loss, and displacement while remaining full of hope.

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    26. A masterpiece. I hadn't read a book so touching and raw in a very long time, and even though it's aimed for children, it almost made me cry. It truly makes you put things into perspective. I have the need for all kids and adults around the world to read it and see it, for the illustrations are mesmerizing.

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    27. This book is stunning, but from the beginning it made me heartbroken. My Beautiful Birds follows a young boy as he and his family flee their home in Syria, and he worries about his pet pigeons as his family travels day and night to find a new home.

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    28. This tender, hopeful story could be used to help show what a refugee is to younger elementary readers.Colorful illustrations done in mixed media, including Plasticine and polymer clay expertly show important details, such as the footprints of the refugees coming from several directions.

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    29. Bittersweet story of a child making sense of his family fleeing Syrian for a refugee camp told in a way that young children can digest. The photographs of clay renderings are an amazing way to illustrate the story.

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    30. A beautifully told story of Sami, a Syrian refugee and his family. Mixed media with plasticine and polymer clay grace the pages of this moving and hopeful tale.

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