Today's Alaskan book is Clever Little Bird by Betty L. Hedstrand is a cute children's story for ages 3 to 8. Released in 2016, this story has five star reviews. Ms. Hedstrand writes, "Just like the moose, she prefers eating plants and being outdoors." Her inspiration to write this story came while on a walk along the Coastal Trail in Anchorage, Alaska. Betty has lived in Alaska for over four decades and has often stopped her car to let moose cross the road. Her background includes working as an substitute elementary school teacher and as proprietor of a retail art store. Betty combined her lifelong interest in reading, art and outdoor activities to create this story. A kid at heart, Betty loves to spend time with children especially reading or making art!
Clever Little Bird. The story begins at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska where Auggie, a bored bull moose lives. He meets a noisy magpie named Maggie who offers to eat his pesky mosquitoes. The two become friends. Maggie learns that Auggie feels lonely and thinks he looks weird. He misses his brother who ventured off to the Chugach Mountains. Maggie suggests a visit, and her clever behavior convinces Auggie to invite her to be his "eyes above." As lookout, Maggie leads him along city trails and finds ways to solve problems they encounter. Through their friendship Auggie discovers that Maggie is not the annoying birdbrain that her reputation suggests, but that she is actually quite clever. By the end of the story Auggie learns a valuable lesson about friendship. Maggie proves she is not a birdbrain!
Join these characters on a reading adventure that features the unique scenery of Anchorage, Alaska. Children will happily engage with the "bird talk" dialog throughout the book and take away lessons about first impressions and friendship. Everyone will delight in the whimsical and expressive art created by Chris Floyd.
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