Age Group: 4-7
Abby makes an unlikely friend in her neighbourhood—her elderly Japanese neighbour, Mrs. Naka. All spring and summer, the two delight in the robins that live in the maple tree that straddles their yards. Mrs. Naka teaches Abby how to make tori—origami birds. When Mrs. Naka has an accident, will Abby be able to use her new skill to conjure up a surprise to comfort her ailing neighbour?
Winner of the Chocolate Lily Award (BC Readers’ Choice) 2007-2008 *Winner of the Elizabeth-Mrazik Cleaver Award for Illustration 2007 *Finalist for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize (BC Book Prizes) 2007 *Finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Award for Best Canadian Picture Book 2007 *Finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award 2007 *Finalist for the Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice) 2008
“Abby’s Birds, written simply yet descriptively, is a good read aloud which illustrates that kindness and friendship have no age barriers.” – CM Magazine
“Elizabeth Shefrin’s cut-paper illustrations—ingenious and most appealing to the eye—are the perfect medium for this exquisitely subtle picture-book.” – The Globe and Mail