Feiwel & Friends. Sept. 2019. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250174963.
PreS-Gr 2–A young boy and his family embark on a day trip to a history museum. As they walk there, they encounter a homeless man creating origami birds that he advertises as magical. The family purchases one for the boy and he enthusiastically launches it into the air repeatedly, even throughout the museum, landing himself in a few sticky situations. When another child catches the rogue bird, the boy is taken aback and angrily snatches the bird away, hurting the feelings of the helpful youngster. As the story progresses, the boy learns about the power of forgiveness, helpfulness, and kindness and a beautiful friendship between families blossoms. This wordless picture book from Caldecott winner Cordell brilliantly tells the story of a regular outing. The family dynamics, as displayed through the body language and facial expressions of the characters, are touching and authentic. The scenario is engrossing and the interactions between characters evoke emotion. The pen-and-ink with watercolor illustrations are compelling and thought-provoking, telling the story in its entirety yet allowing readers plenty of room for their own predictions and interpretations.
VERDICT A substantial picture book about the very best kind of magic. A first purchase.

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