By Andrew Larsen

Kids Can Press

April 10, 2022



ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

In this poignant story, a child spends time with a beloved grandmother during her final days and experiences love that will last a lifetime.

When Grandma gets sick and comes to stay at her grandchild’s house, she brings her bird feeder. Grandma loves birds. And the child loves the time they now get to have together, drawing pictures of birds and “talking about interesting things.” After a while, though, Grandma’s health declines, and she moves to the hospice. Hanging Grandma’s bird feeder outside the window there makes things better. After a while, though, Grandma continues to grow weaker, and her ability to interact lessens. Difficult as it is, the child adjusts, knowing that, while the situation keeps changing, their love for each other never wavers. 

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One of the themes of this book is nature. Find out why Laura and Ruby chose The Bird Feeder as a great book for primary readers