I picked up a copy of ‘The Dead Bird’ today, a children’s picture book illustrated by one of my fave children’s book illustrators Christian Robinson. I love Robinson’s simple, mixed media illustrations they are always so joyful to look at. The story originally written by Margaret Wise Brown in 1938 was reissued in 2016 with new illustrations by Robinson. The book tells the story of a group of children who find a dead bird and hold a a burial ceremony for it. There are very few children’s books which handle the subject of death and this book does so gently and with sensitivity.
As usual Robinson’s simple, hand-painted illustrations bring the characters to life and add so much to the story. The main scenes are set in a lushly painted green urban park. The book is a must-read for adults and children alike.