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Abby’s Birds

Shortlisted for Christie Harris Illustrated Book Award, BC Book Prizes

Shortlisted for Marilyn Baillie Children’s Book Award

Shortlisted for Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award for Illustration

Shortlisted for Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Library Association

Shortlisted for Chocolate Lily Award

Chosen for Ontario Lieutenant-Governor’s Literacy Program


Abby makes an unlikely friend in her new neighbourhood – her elderly Japanese neighbour, Mrs. Naka. All spring and summer, the two delight in the robins that live in the maple tree that straddles their yards. Mrs. Naka teaches Abby how to make “tori” – origami birds. Then Mrs. Naka has an accident. Will Abby be able to use her new skill to conjure up a surprise to comfort her ailing neighbor?


About the illustrator:


Sima Elizabeth Shefrin lives and paints on Gabriola Island, BC. She is a well-known cloth and collage artist and is especially interested in the ways that art brings together people of different cultures.


“Abby's Birds, written simply yet descriptively, is a good read aloud which illustrates that kindness and friendship have no age barriers.” - CM Magazine


"Elizabeth Shefrin's cut-paper illustrations - ingenious and most appealing to the eye - are the perfect medium for this exquisitely subtle picture-book." The Globe and Mail


Tradewind Books, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-896580-33-3, 32 pages, hardcover, ages 4-8

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