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The Message of the Birds
The Message of the Birds

The Message of the Birds

By Kate Westerlund, Illustrated by Feridun Oral



32 Pages, 9.75 x 9.75

Hardcover Picture Book, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $18.99)

Publication Date: November 2013

ISBN 9789888240555

Rights: WOR

minedition (Nov 2013)

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This appealing Christmas story with a poignant message for young and old alike will gently prompt discussion on important issues An old owl tells the Christmas story to the community of birds as he has done so many times before, but when he tells of the special message from the Baby Jesus, a little bird questions why they no longer sing the message. “People no longer listen,†is the sad realization. The birds decide to share the message once more, but this time to the children of the world. And what unfolds is surely a Christmas wonder.


"The tale itself involves the birds of the world and a song they learned long ago that they want to sing to every child that they find. The real lure is the art, however. Particularly the various birds, most that you won’t find in North America." â€â€Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production, School Library Journal

"Told through simple, lyrical words, the story of how the birds fly off to spread a song of peace by singing to children is a touching and profound interpretation of the role of the Christ Child and the meaning of his birth....A lovely, quiet book with something powerful to say." â€â€Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Kate Westerlund is the author of A Cup for Everyone and Sharing Christmas. She has taught music and English, sung in musicals and operas, and helped run a summer opera program. Feridun Oral is a children's book illustrator whose work has been published throughout the world. He has participated in many national and international exhibitions and is the recipient of many awards, including an award from UNESCO in Japan.