Author: Duncan, Daniel
When a lonely fisherman finds an injured bird on his boat, he nurtures it back to health, and--since the bird can no longer migrate with its family--charts a course heading south for the winter. Together, the two form a special friendship and enjoy life at sea until both the healing process and the journey come to an end.
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/17)
The Hornbook (00/05/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/15/2017 This yarn about a lone seafaring fisherman who cares for a bird with a broken wing succeeds in being as concise as its title. When the bird is healed, the fisherman sails south to release it on a tropical island and then heads back toward his own home. There isn’t much interaction between the two: the fisherman plays the banjo while the bird sings along, and the two taste the daily catch together. The paraphernalia pictured in the boat’s cabin provides a glimpse into the fisherman’s life and fills in some of the blanks without being overwhelming. The illustrations also give a strong sense of comfort; scenes set in the cozy cabin are awash in warm browns and grays, in sharp contrast to the vast, cold ocean. There are a few quirky inconsistencies, and the literal-minded will wonder how the fisherman’s trawler, which doesn’t seem particularly seaworthy, could make such an extended journey, while others will just appreciate the romance of a temporary friendship on the high seas. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.