The Reading Tub: Johnny's Pheasant

 
An encounter with a pheasant (which may or may not be sleeping) takes a surprising turn in this sweetly serious and funny story of a Native American boy and his grandma

What a lovely story. Johnny's optimism and enthusiasm jump from the page and will resonate with young readers. The illustrations are exquisite in their simplicity. My favorite is Johnny pretending to fly like a pheasant. That the story moves the reader from sadness to joy is a mark of the exceptional writing.

 

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