South by Daniel Duncan

This is a simple but sweet picture book about friendship. A burly fisherman, alone on his boat, finds a seabird with a broken wing. He sets the bird’s wing and the two spend their days together. But the fisherman knows that the bird can’t live with him forever on his boat and winter is coming, so he sets sail south and finds a lovely island for the bird. The two say goodbye. To remember his friend, the fisherman frames one of the bird’s feathers. He then sets sail for home and his awaiting family. The gentleness of the fisherman and his ministrations to the bird tug at your emotions, as does his decision to set the bird free once his wing is healed. The illustrations are wonderful – warm and endearing, clearly showing the affection between the man and the bird, with interesting scenes of the sea and the interior of the boat. A tender read.


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