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The Birdman

by Veronika Martenova Charles
Illustrated by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko and Stephan Daigle

Published by Tundra Books, 2006
32 pages
ISBN: 0-88776-740-0

Ages 7-11

Noor Nobi worked hard each day sewing clothes to support his family in Calcutta. After losing his loved ones in a tragic accident, he was grief-stricken. But one day the sight of caged birds at the market made him pause. He knew the creatures must be miserable, and he found renewed purpose in a vow to set them free. It is a vow he continues to keep, going to the market each Monday in order to buy as many birds as he can afford in order to open their cages and let them fly. Veronika Martenova Charles first read about Noor Nobi in a newspaper article. Immediately captivated, she eventually flew to Calcutta and spent time with Noor and his second family in order to research the story she has told in this compelling, detailed narrative. The lush, vibrant artwork of Annouchka Gravel Galouchko and Stéphan Daigle accompanying her story is filled with bird motifs. A brief photoessay at the end of the volume details how the author first heard of Noor and her visit with him in India. CCBC Category: Picture Books for School-Aged Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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