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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
A Bird’s Tale by Brian Kim and Benjamin Kim is about Fazio, a budgie that lives in a cage in a boy’s room. During the day, Fazio is set free to fly around the room. It is a good and safe life only Fazio is very lonely. Then Jack, another budgie, is introduced. At first, the two don’t play together much as Jack can’t fly; Fazio has to teach him to fly, and they forge a friendship. Then the boy introduces a third bird, a cockatiel named Bramble. Fazio and Jack don’t like Bramble: he is bigger than they are and can’t fly. They make fun of Bramble, which saddens him, but Bramble can do something neither Fazio nor Jack can do: he can talk, and he can sing. This makes the two budgies jealous, and their teasing intensifies. Bramble is a third wheel, the odd one out, and the two budgies certainly make him feel it, until one day, Bramble’s ability to talk saves the day.
Brian and Benjamin Kim’s A Bird’s Tale is a sweet story about friendship, acceptance, and inclusion. Told in simple prose that young readers can easily follow and accompanied by charming illustrations, the plot follows the adventures of three birds in a boy’s room. The story focuses on their differences and accepting others regardless of these differences. It points out that harassment and bullying are not cool and that everyone needs to get along to be safe and enjoy life. Each of the three birds has specific talents and its own challenges, and by working together, these three birds can learn to help and respect each other and become friends. I loved A Bird’s Tale.