My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A gorgeous story about friendship and working together from a star picture-book partnership, the inimitable Julia Donaldson and award-winning Catherine Rayner.
‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest, With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.’ One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . .
The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner.
A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.
I received an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I read this with my 2 year old, who is a massive fan of all Julia Donaldson books. I find most of Julia’s books consist of a really strong story line with an important underlying message which allows a parent or teacher to open up a conversation about the topic.
The Go-Away Bird is a wonderful example of this, and a timely arrival for me personally as my daughter has reached the age where socialising, sharing, being kind and forming friendships are entering her small world and we are hearing the words “go away” more than we would like to as parents!
We settled down and read the story together. My daughter enjoyed pointing out the birds in the pictures and I found the rhyming text very easy to read out loud. We both enjoyed saying “go away, go away, go away” together and when the Get-you bird appeared, my daughter was immediately concerned and invested in the Go-Away bird finding help.
After we finished reading we went back through the book to look at the pictures again and I talked to my daughter about how it is important to have your own space, but how having friends is important too and it’s nice to be kind to people and help them. She seemed to connect with this idea quite well and definitely understood that telling the colourful birds to go away wasn’t very nice of the Go-Away bird.
I’m sure The Go-Away Bird will become a firm favourite on our shelf. It’s a wonderful story, with beautiful illustrations and it provided a great jumping off point to discuss friendship themes.