The Bird Who Swallowed a Star

Laurie Cohen, illustrated by Toni Demuro

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Age level: Early Readers: Ages 5–8


One night, a bird swallows a star, making him as bright as a diamond. Because of that, nobody wants him around. Except . . . an amazing traveler who crosses the vast desert. Discover how one little bird, who is excluded by all of his fellow animals for being different, is able to find solace and friendship after shedding a few glittering tears. The text plays on repetition to help build confidence in emerging readers, and the wonder of what follows and the open ending encourage everyone to let their imaginations shine.

Size: 8" x 11" | 17 color images | 36 pp
ISBN13: 9780764361074

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Laurie Cohen studied literary and cinematographic studies. She has published around 20 books for young people and also makes short films. She lives in the Paris region. Toni Demuro lives and works in Sardinia. His illustrations point directly to the heart, using empathy, symbolism, and chromatic finesse to characterize his works. His illustrations appear in advertising, magazines, books, and newspapers for clients that include the Boston Globe and the Washington Post.