Ten Birds

Cybèle Young
Cybèle Young

A clever counting book and fable unlike any other and winner of the 2011 Governor General's Award for Illustration.

Ten birds are trying to figure out how to get to the other side of the river. The bird they call “Brilliant” devises a pair of stilts. The bird they call “Highly Satisfactory” engineers a raft. One by one, nine resourceful birds make the crossing until a single bird is left behind - the one they call “Needs Improvement.” This bird's solution proves surprising - and absurdly simple.

More than a counting book, Ten Birds is a witty story that highlights ingenuity, common sense and the inadequacies of labels. Cybèle Young's intricate chiaroscuro pen-and-ink drawings depict a rich alternative world that both children and adults will marvel over.

978-1-55453-924-6 | May 15, 2012
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

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Awards & Reviews

“Incorporating elements of a fable with a style vaguely reminiscent of David Macaulay or Arthur Geisert, this quietly dazzling selection is a subtle celebration of individuality and creativity. Appealing, unique and not to be missed.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, February 2011
“... clever, handsomely illustrated counting book ...”
— Horn Book, May 2011
“The humour and outlandish invention make an amusing contrast with the sober formality of the style. Ten Birds is a joke, a mechanical challenge and a counting book like no other.”
— The Toronto Star, September 2011
2012 - Outstanding International Book, USBBY, Winner
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Children's Book Centre, Winner
2011 - Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Winner
2011 - Best Children's Books of 2011, Kirkus Reviews, Winner

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