Little Robin’s Christmas
Jan Fearnley, Author and Illustrator
Nosy Crow, Fiction, Sep. 10, 2019
Suitable for Ages: 2-5
Themes: Bird, Animals, Caring, Giving, Friendship, Christmas, Santa
Opening: “Once upon a time, there was a little brown bird. His name was Little Robin, and this is his story.”
It’s the week before Christmas, and each day Little Robin leaves his nest and gives away one of his seven vests to someone who is cold and needs it — a frog, a porcupine, a hedgehog, a mole, a squirrel, a rabbit, and an otter baby. Finally, on Christmas Eve, he gives away his last vest to a shivering mouse. Now it’s snowing and Little Robin is cold and alone.
Luckily, a certain magical man dressed in red knows about Little Robin’s selflessness and has the perfect present to keep him warm.
What I like about this book:
Jan Fearnley simply communicates the true meaning of Christmas in her charming holiday tale about Little Bird, a compassionate and generous bird who gives away his warm vests to help his friends stay warm. Little Bird feels happy inside as he spreads holiday cheer. The joy of giving is a heartfelt message to share with children.
Little Bird’s journey is perfect for young children, as they will have fun guessing what will happen next. The text is lyrical, flows nicely and has a repetitive feel to it, especially with the seven-day countdown. But, the ending is a surprise.
Fearnley’s colorful and wintry mixed media illustrations are expressive and lively. They help build the tension of what is to come.
Resources: This is the perfect opportunity to show kids how good it feels to give to others less fortunate. Help your children pick out toys they no longer play with and clothing that is too small, and donate to a local toy/clothing drive. Let them pick out nonperishable food items at the grocery store to give to a local food bank.
Jan Fearnley is the award-winning author-illustrator of many books, including Milo Armadillo, and the illustrator of Never Too Little to Love. She lives in the French countryside with her husband, two donkeys, five rescued goats, two Limousin hens, five cats — and any other stray that appears at the kitchen door.
*Review copy provided by the publisher.