Title: Sparrow SongSparrow
Author: Ben Shector
Pages: 30
Reading Level: 7-8
Star Rating: ★★

I could not find a picture of the real book cover…. Hence the picture of a sparrow. :)

I think it took me three minutes to read this book. Literally. It is a series of very simple poems written for children with accompanying full page illustrations.

The story seems to be about the destruction of an old, empty two story house. A little boy watches as the wrecking ball sways in readiness to demolish. He sees the little animals that lived in the house; he touches the furniture that rested there. At the end of the days the wreckers go home after destroying the house, but the little boy sets up a new home for the sparrow – a tiny house on top of a pole.

There aren’t any inappropriate elements in the poetry, but its style is modern. Instead of being happy and lyrical the tone is bleak and its lyrical emphasis is the deliberate isolation of phrases rather than the flowing connection of ideas.

Conclusion. Sparrow Song is not a favorite of mine, but it is not harmful.

Review © 2012 Laura Verret


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