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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > May 2017 > Birds Of A Feather

Birds Of A Feather

Two books feature young girls finding their way in new neighbourhoods, with a little help from feathered friends


Stop Feedin’ da Boids!

James Sage and Pierre Pratt, ill.

Kids Can Press, Ages 3-7

Colette’s Lost Pet (Mile End Stories, Book 1)

Isabelle Arsenault

Tundra Books, Ages 4-8

THE OPENING SPREAD of American author James Sage’s Stop Feedin’ da Boids! paints a lazy pastoral landscape, idyllic green and dotted with free-roaming animals. Bunnies frolic, a lone horse drinks, a clump of cows graze… a New York City taxi whizzes by. That cab is not as out of place as you might think: further inspection finds the faint silhouette of a smoky cityscape in the distance.

A page flip reveals the vehicle’s destination. It’s Brooklyn, depicted by Quebec artist Pierre Pratt as brick-brown and bustling, where a grocery-laden lad skateboards, a woman sports an apple on her head, and an Alfred Hitchcock look-alike saunters by. Humans have charmingly selective proportions. Arms are extremely long, extending well beyond knees; hands are larger than faces; necks are non-existent. The city is established as a place for people; the only animals are dogs on leashes. With very few words, a scene is set and a story is framed.

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