Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Review: Pine and the Winter Sparrow by Alexis York Lumbard

I picked this one up from *Netgalley. I thought it would be nice to read a "winter" book in the summer. You know give the illusion of coolness...or Christmas in July kinda of thing.

The book is about a sparrow who has injured his wing. He cannot migrate with the rest of his family so he tries to find a place to live through the winter. He approaches tree after tree but they all turn him away. Pine is the only one that accepts him. That is why pines stay green all winter long.

Ok so I hate having to be so honest but this book really was not for me. Normally I love retellings of different stories from different cultures. Hence why I do Thursday's Tales with CarolsNotebook. There was just something very off putting about this. It read more like Christian Children's Fiction than it did of a native american story.

That being said the illustrations were great. I loved how the pine tree needles almost looked like feathers. It was pretty to look at.

As for my son...well I think he picked up on my squirming during this book and I think his reaction to it was affected by my reaction to it. So I'm having a hard time gauging what this one is actually rated at.

I'm going to go with a middle of the road 3 out of 5 stars.

*I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion
**This book was read with my special needs son who is severely learning disabled. The review reflects not only my opinion but his as well

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