Pablo and Birdy
When Pablo was an infant, he washed up on the shore of Isla floating in an inflatable baby swimming pool, with only a mysterious, mute parrot –Birdy – by his side, where she has been ever since. Pablo loves his adopted family, but this year he feels frustrated and confused, because he doesn’t know anything about his parents or where he came from. Something else is happening this year: the Winds of Change, which predict “fortunes lost and fortunes gained.” Pablo wonders if this is going to change things for him.
This book is kind of sad, because Pablo doesn’t know about his family, and you learn about some sad things that other people he knows have had to go through. It is also really happy, though, because even though Pablo doesn’t know where he comes from, he is surrounded by a new family that loves him and that he loves. There are some funny parts, too. This book isn’t very surprising, but it is a good story because you get to learn what Pablo is thinking and see how he changes as he starts thinking about other people, especially about how he can really show Birdy that he loves her.
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Alison McGhee • Ana Juan, Illustrator