Taking the time to daydream…

December 30, 2010

This afternoon I was handed a book to read by my little guy. I had been running around ( as usual) putting away laundry, straightening up the house and just trying to do way too much (also, as usual!). Being handed this book and having a little hand placed in mine made me stop and sit and read.

And I discovered the wonder of Florina and the Wild Bird, by Selina Chönz.  It is a story about a young girl who lives in the Alps with her family. While tending to the animals she finds a tiny bird that has lost its mother, and Florina takes the bird home to care for it. The girl and the wild bird soon become best friends. She makes food for it using her doll’s tea set and gives it a special basket for a bed.

When the bird grows up, its wings grow larger and it wants to fly. Florina must decide whether to keep the bird or release it to fly back to the mountains.

The illustrations are beautiful, the message lovely and I just got lost reading this childrens’ story. Mind you, my little guy lost interested at about page two and moved on to blocks, but I sat contentedly in the rocking chair reading about Florina and picturing her find her bird in the mountain meadow.

If you get a chance to find this treasure, please read it.  It is beautiful.


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