Title: Beautiful Blackbird

Reference: Bryan, A. (2003). Beautiful blackbird. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Brief Annotation: This is about birds trying to be like the blackbird whom they think is the most beautiful. The blackbird tries to share its color and culture with the other birds because they want to be like him. He tries to tell them that they are special and that they are not just like him, and that color on the outside does not reflect what is on the inside.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 3-4

Readers who might like this: Readers who enjoy cultural diversity in the books they read would enjoy this book. Teachers or parents who are trying to teach their child or student that color on the outside does not matter, it is what is on the inside that matters. Outside color does not change what is on the inside.

Rating/Response: I give this book a 4 out of 4. It is well written, and the style is fun and engaging. It also brings in a diversity in culture. This book is well illustrated, and fun for readers of all ages. This teaches a good lesson about remaining true to who you are and that the color of skin is not something that people or creatures should be judged upon. Appearance is not everything.

Text Dependent Question: Who is the “most beautiful bird”?