While the children were playing at their grandfather's house, they captured a beautiful bird and built a cage to keep it from flying away. They tried to make the bird happy in its cage, but it's only after listening to their grandpa's song that they learn how to give the bird true happiness!
"Simply beautiful, in words and in imagery. Even the font is engaging, in design and in translation. Illustrator creates a marvel with the use of light and shading, adding depth of tone to the story. Very well done. We get a fine sense of movement in the children, conveying emotion and excitement, yet a stark contrast to the nightingale who should be moving in beauty. Well done. The children believe they are doing something good in providing a safe home for the bird, and their ideas are imaginative and reflecting of their values. The repetition of ‘but still, the Nightingale remained silent’ creates an emotion-laden cadence to the story, an exhale of sadness at each scene. This choice to reiterate the sad news imparts the lesson, forming the structure and pace of the story. Well done. Dialogue rings true in age-appropriate sentence structure and language, until BaBa delivers the lesson in song. Author demonstrates a fine instinct for narrative by simply showing the Nightingale being set free, to an image of great joy. Very well done. I liked the structure here. Author provides the ideal number of possibility statements from the children, keeping reader engagement and not veering into stretching the narrative through too many suggestions. Excellent pacing there, and lovely choice to deliver the closing poem segment in song. This is a book focused on sound, or lack thereof, so the song of wisdom at the end is especially resonant. Well done. A beauty of a book." -Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards