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Brian's bird
Davis, Patricia Anne.
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Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman, 2000.
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29 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Eight-year-old Brian, who is blind, learns how to take care of his new parakeet and comes to realize that his older brother, while sometimes careless, is not so bad after all.
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PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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It's Brian's eighth birthday and his family bought him a parakeet. He's named it Scratchy, because that's what it feels like when the bird sits on his finger. Brian has been blind since he was four. Even though he can't see Scratchy, he can play with him and teach him to talk.

With his Grandma's help, Brian learns to take the bird out of his cage and let him sit on his finger. When Scratchy decides to fly around the room, Brian needs his grandma's help to find him. Over time, Scratchy learns to say "Hello, Brian" and "Come on, Scratchy". One day, Brian's absent-minded brother leaves the front door open, and Scratchy flies outside. Will Brian be able to get him back?

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Brian, a young African American boy, is visually impaired. When he receives a parakeet for his birthday, he names it Scratchy because that's how the bird feels on his hand. Brian succeeds in teaching the bird to say "Hi Brian," and Scratchy becomes an important part of his life. Brian's older brother, Kevin, the bane of Brian's exsistence, carelessly leaves the front door open, and Scratchy flies away. By working together--Kevin spots the bird in the tree, and Brian gets him to jump on his finger--the boys get Scratchy to come home. The deceptively simple story credibly introduces several themes: sibling rivalry, dealing with a disability, and the loss of a pet. Johnson's bright, eye-catching artwork does a good job of capturing family life. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Brian, a blind child, gets a parakeet for his eighth birthday. He teaches Scratchy to talk and allows him to fly around the house, calling on his grandmother when help is needed to find his pet. His older brother Kevin is very supportive, but like many children, sometimes forgets to shut the door. One day the bird gets out, but fortunately, he only flies to a nearby tree and with Kevin's guidance, Brian is able to coax Scratchy onto his finger and to safety. The perilous open door is foreshadowed in the beginning of the book. This is a simple story featuring a loving African-American family. The brightly colored illustrations show the feelings of the boys and provide particularly good images of the bird. Use this book with Nicola Moon's Lucy's Picture (Dial, 1995) to show how children can lead normal lives even when dealing with a disability.-Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.