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Purple little bird
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Balzer + Bray, 2011.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Purple Little Bird leaves his almost-perfect purple home in search of a better place, but although Brown Bear, Yellow Camel, and others live in very nice places, none is quite right for him.


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Purple Little Bird lives in a very purple world:

He has a purple little house and a purple little garden.

But somehow, it's just not quite perfect.

So Purple Little Bird sets off to find the perfect place for him--and discovers it in a most unexpected way.

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Like the feathered hero in P.D. Eastman's classic Are You My Mother? (Random, 1960), Purple Little Bird sets out on a quest to find where he belongs. He lives in a little purple house. He loves the color, but something is "not quite right." He wants to find the perfect place to live. On his journey, he encounters a variety of colorful creatures, and the animals all tell Purple Little Bird what is appealing about their home, but none of them is quite right for him. Brown Bear's den is too dark; Gray Goat's cliff is too windy; Blue Frog's pond is too damp. At last, three Pink Possums lead the bird to the perfect place for him, his own little purple house. With the help of his new friends, he transforms his home by painting it the colors of a rainbow. The illustrations feature bold black lines and splashes of two or three colors in each picture. On the last page, all of the animals are shown in their individual habitats on the edge of a circle of green. The childlike simplicity of the art matches the story's wholesome message about appreciating the security and comforts of home. Shutta Crum's A Family for Old Mill Farm (Clarion, 2007) and Anika Denise's Bella and Stella Come Home (Philomel, 2010) treat the same theme in more detail.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Foley's (Willoughby & the Moon) friendly cartoon illustrations and spare text deliver his grass-is-greener moral without ambiguity. The story starts out engagingly, as Purple Little Bird knocks himself out baking purple cookies, adjusting picture frames, and repairing the plumbing to make his purple little house "perfect." But the dissatisfied bird soon leaves, in search of a house that's even better, "a truly perfect place." He rejects Brown Bear's cave ("It's too dark!"), Gray Goat's steep cliff ("It's too windy!"), and Yellow Camel's desert ("It's too dusty"), circling the globe until he stumbles upon his own purple little house again. Now he sees it with fresh eyes: "It's much too purple!" he says, and sets about painting it with the colors he's seen during his journey. Purple Little Bird is oddly driven, a critical overachiever of the sort that more often provides the target for picture book humor rather than its hero. Nonetheless, Foley's big, loose black lines and off-register swaths of color provide warmth and a consistently cheerful energy-above all, this is a cry for moderation in all things. Ages 4-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Although Purple Little Bird has a perfectly purple house and garden, he feels something is "not quite right." After traveling to Brown Bear's cave, Gray Goat's steep cliff, and other locales searching for the "perfect place," he realizes his own home is "much too purple." This rather pale story is buoyed by Foley's strong, color-saturated illustrations. (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

A small purple birdPierre is the name on his purple mailboxwho "love[s] everything purple" circumnavigates the world in search of the missing ingredient in his nearly perfect purple house: a little variety in color, as it turns out.The economical text packs in a surprising amount, offering an adventure for the anthropomorphic little bird, who encounters a bear, a mountain goat, a camel, a frog and three pink possums in his quest for understanding what makes a house (or a home) perfect. Bear, goat, camel and frog live in places that have their pluses ("It is cool and refreshing," the purple bird tells the frog in his pond) and minuses ("'s too damp!"). Foley uses a crayon palette to good effect, with warm hues and quick strokes that color outside the friendly cartoon lines and fill the page. Each of the other animals lives in its own natural habitatforest greens and browns for the bear, snowy white and gray for the mountain goat, warm yellow and tan for the camel and a surprisingly red tree for the pink possums. The same colors appear in the next-to-last opening as Purple Bird and his possum friends paint his (formerly) purple house to perfection.Satisfying for the very youngest. (Picture book. 18 mos.-4)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

The theme color (purple) and the look (childlike illustrations on a clean white background) each recall Crockett Johnson's classic, Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955). While Harold's own vivid imagination powered that story, here, Purple Little Bird needs to be helped out of his comfort zone by some animal friends. The purple perfectionist tries hard to make his hous. perfect. but as close as he gets, it just isn't right. He visits a series of animals seekin. a truly perfect place. but their homes don't suit him either. The introduction to colors and aspects of various animals' habitats, along with the repetitive story line, make this ideal for young children. Purple Little Bird, with his bright color, oversize head, and anxious expression, is plenty appealing, while the simple, bright paintings, loosely outlined in textured black line, suitably complement the brief text. The resolution, in which Purple Little Bird learns the rather Buddhist lesson that perfection is truly found only in imperfection, satisfies.--Foote, Dian. Copyright 2010 Booklist